Physician, student of law, composer and poet, Thomas Campion was a Renaissance Man. Many of his airs and songs are at Luminarium complete with sound files—“Followe Thy Faire Sunne” and “Beauty Is But a Painted Hell,” for instance.
“Second only to the queen as an Elizabethan femme savante,” Mary Herbert, Countess of Pembroke, was born Mary Sidney, sister to the poets Sir Philip Sidney and Sir Robert Sidney. She was known as a patron of the arts as well as a practitioner.
Luminarium Renaissance English Literature
Anniina Jokinen’s labor of love is a beautiful multimedia collection of photos, introductory essays, texts and critical resources covering More, Marlowe, Spenser, Sidney, Shakespeare and many more. The very best place to start your study of Renaissance literature on the Net.
Born the same year as Shakespeare, Marlowe was nonetheless his predecessor: he had made his name as a dramatist and been killed in a tavern brawl at the age of 29 by the time Shakespeare began his career. His complete works are online at the Perseus Project and Luminarium has a good collection of essays on Marlowe.
Lee Jamieson’s About Shakespeare is a good place to look for anything related to the Bard’s works, his language, performances of his plays, his life and times.
Shakespeare’s complete works are online at MIT with search facilities. But Terry Gray’s comprehensive Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet site is also a good place to begin your study.
Among the Shakespearean resources at the University of Northern British Columbia are hypertext versions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and King Lear, plus a Shakespearean Poetry Search engine.
Shakespearean Poetry Search
The UNBC Literary Engine allows you to search for a word or a line in Shakespeare’s sonnets and his other poems, Venus and Adonis, A Lover’s Complaint, The Passionate Pilgrim and The Rape of Lucrece.
Luminarium’s Renaissance lit site is a good place to begin looking for Spenser online, with several interesting essays and a link to Spenser quotes from Bartlett’s Quotations at Bartleby.com.
Spenser’s Amoretti and Epithalamion
The complete text of Edmund Spenser’s sonnets (“Amoretti”) and the 24 poems comprising his cycle entitled “epithalamion” are in the University of Virginia Library’s Electronic Text Center.
Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford
The debate as to whether Oxford was the true author of the works credited to Shakespeare rages on the Net: see Frontline’s The Shakespeare Mystery and UC Berkeley Professor Alan Nelson’s collection of resources on the authorship question.