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Guide to Elizabethan England (1533-1603)
a selection of resources
"The Ermine Portrait"- Image of 1585 painting of Queen Elizabeth I by Nicholas Hilliard.


16th century England
Golden Age
Queen Elizabeth I

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306        Culture & Institutions
391        Costume & Personal Appearance
822.33   Shakespeare
914        Europe
940        General history of Europe
941        General history of Europe- British Isles
942        General History of Europe- England & Wales

Also See:

BIO ELIZABETH   Queen Elizabeth I

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Taken from lists in:
Wagner, John A. Historical dictionary of the Elizabethan world. Phoenix: Oryx Press, 1999.
Call No.: REF 942.055 WAGNER


King Henry VIII
King James I
Queen Mary I
Queen Elizabeth I


William Byrd
Thomas Tallis


William Allen
John Aylmer
Henry Barrow
George Blackwell
Robert Browne
John Calvin
Edmund Campion
Thomas Cartwright
Richard Davies
John Foxe
Henry Garnet
Edmund Grindal
Richard Hooker
Matthew Hutton
John Jewel
Thomas Lever
William Morgan
Thomas Norton
Alexander Nowell
Matthew Parker
John Piers
Edwin Sandys
William Salesbury
John Whitgift


Sir Nicholas Bacon
Sir Robert Cecil
Lord Burghley (William Cecil)
Sir Christopher Hatton
Sir Francis Knollys
Earl of Sussex (Thomas Radcliffe)
Earl of Bedford (Francis Russell)
Earl of Dorset (Thomas Sackville)
Sir Francis Walsingham


Sir Francis Bacon
George Gascoigne
Robert Greene
Ben Jonson
Thomas Kyd
Thomas Lodge
John Lyly
Christopher Marlowe
George Peele
William Shakespeare
Sir Philip Sidney
Edmund Spenser


Roger Ascham
Ann Bacon
Lady Burghley (Mildred Cecil)
Sir Anthony Cooke
Lady Russell (Elizabeth Russell)

Science & Medicine

Sir Francis Bacon
William Borough
John Dee
Simon Forman

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Web Sites

Life in Elizabethan England: A Compendium of Knowledge
"Everyday life in Tudor England - food, occupations, games, pastimes, religion, fashion, manners, and education in the time of Queen Elizabeth I and Shakespeare."

Modern History Sourcebook: William Harrison (1534-1593): Description Of Elizabethan England, 1577 (from Holinshed's Chronicles)
Contains information about towns, gardens, markets, food, livestock, animals, and punishments during the Elizabethan period.

Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603)
"Queen Elizabeth. Biographical information, overview of reign, texts, poetry, essays, articles, links, and resources."

Time Travelers Guide to Tudor England
"Everything the adventurous traveller needs to journey to the time of Henry VIII, Bloody Mary and the Virgin Queen."

Treasures from the National Archives | Tudors and Stuarts (1485-1714)
"Treasures from The National Archives, collected over 1000 years of British history. Browse all the exhibitions and treasures by a date range - Middle Ages, Tudors and Stuarts, Eighteenth century, Nineteenth century or Twentieth century."

Tudor England: 1485-1603
Biographies, portraits, FAQs, quizzes and more. Includes links to primary and secondary sources.

Tudor England- Britain Express
"Events and daily life in the Tudor period."


Bindoff, S. T. Tudor England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1950.
Call No.: NONFIC 942.05 BINDOFF

Dodd, A. H. Life in Elizabethan England. New York: Putnam, 1961.
Call No.: NONFIC 914.2 DODD

Emerson, Kathy Lynn. The Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life in Renaissance England, from 1485-1649. Cincinnati: Writer’s Digest Books, 1996.
Call No.: NONFIC 942.05 EMERSON

McMurtry, Jo. Understanding Shakespeare’s England. Hamden: Archon Books, 1989.
Call No.: NONFIC 942.055 MCMURTRY

Oxford Illustrated History of Tudor & Stuart Britain. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996.
Call No.: NONFIC 941.06 MORRILL

Pritchard, Ronda D. Shakespeare’s England life in Elizabethan and Jacobean time. Stroud: Sutton, 1999.
Call No.: NONFIC 828.308 PRITCHAR

Rowse, A. L. The England of Elizabeth: the structure of society. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1978.
Call No.: NONFIC 942.055 ROWSE

Rowse, A. L. The Elizabethan Renaissance: the life of the society. New York: Scribner, 1972.
Call No.: NONFIC 914.2

Singman, Jeffrey L. Daily life in Elizabethan England. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1995.
Call No.: NONFIC 942.05 SINGMAN
Call No.: REF 942.05 SINGMAN

Tudor England: an encyclopedia. New York: Garland, 2001.
Call No.: REF 942.05 TUDOR

Wagner, John A. Historical dictionary of the Elizabethan world. Phoenix: Oryx Press, 1999.
Call No.: REF 942.055 WAGNER

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Web Sites

BBC- History- Elizabeth I: An Overview
"Clever, enigmatic and flirtatious, she remains one of England's most fascinating monarchs. But what was she really like? By Alexandra Briscoe."

Gloriana: The Life and Reign of Elizabeth I
Detailed biography that includes portraits and lists sources. Also contains a timeline.

History of the Monarchy-The Tudors- Elizabeth I
Contains information about Queen Elizabeth I and the foreign policy, arts, economy, and government during her reign.

The Life and Times of Elizabeth I
"Information on the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth I 1533-1603 including biography, bibliography, courtiers, Elizabethan life, Shakespeare, links, quizzes and more."

Tudor & Elizabeth Portraits
"This is a site that is dedicated to making portraits and other works of art from the Tudor and Elizabethan era available to everyone for the purpose of research and education." Scroll to the bottom of the page for links to specific monarchs.
Contains information about the Tudor monarchy as well the people, life, and architecture during their reign. Includes maps.

The Tudors
Need to know more about the Tudor family? Find the family tree, individual chronologies, special dates in the realm of art and music, and more.


Cannon, John Ashton, and Ralph Alan Griffiths. The Oxford Illustrated History of the British Monarchy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988.

Plowden, Alison. The Young Elizabeth: the first twenty-five years of Elizabeth I. Stroud: Sutton, 1999.
Call No.: NONFIC 942.055 PLOWDEN

Ridley, Jasper Godwin. The Tutor Age. Woodstock: Overlook Press, 1990.
Call No.: NONFIC 942.05 RIDLEY

Somerset, Anne. Elizabeth I. New York: Knopf, 1991.

Williams, Neville, and Antonia Fraser. The Life and Times of Elizabeth I. New York: Shooting Star Press, 1995.

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Web Sites

Elizabethan Costume: History and Technique
Contains information about social life, dress for different orders, fabrics, jewelry, and accessories.

Elizabethan Sumptuary Statutes
Laws regarding appearance and dress for different classes during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

The Elizabethan Costuming Page
Detailed information about the clothing worn during the reign of Elizabeth I. Includes descriptions of outer dress as well as undergarments, fabrics, colors, patterns, and accessories. Portraits and pictures of period dress can also be viewed at this site.

The Costumer’s Manifesto: 16th Century Costume Links
General information about 16th century dress as well as dress for specific classes and occupations. Also includes information about accessories.


Ashelford, Jane, and Andreas Einsiedel. The Art of Dress: clothes and society, 1500-1914. London: Abrams, 1996.
Call No.: NONFIC 391.0094 ASHELFOR

Peacock, John. Costume, 1066-1990s. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1994.

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Web Sites

Elizabethan Education
"Educational resource about The Childhood & Education of William Shakespeare. Comprehensive facts about Elizabethan Education."

Educating Shakespeare: school life in Elizabethan England
"Facts and information about sixteenth-century education. Includes subjects studied, the school day, boys’ property and punishments meted out by the schoolmasters."

The Identity of the Mathematical Practitioner in 16th Century England
Though centered on mathematical practice, this piece covers the changing academic environment at the time.


Cressy, David. Literacy and the social order: Reading and Writing in Tudor and Stuart England. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1980.
Call No.: NONFIC 306.4 CRESSY

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Web Sites

Elizabethan Recipes & Food
"Taste Elizabethan England through the mists of time. Our range of recipes for Elizabethan England foods are made to 400 year old Elizabethan food recipes." Includes articles on Elizabethan life that cover diet, recipes, general history, weddings, and more.

Medieval and Renaissance Food Homepage: Sources, Recipes, and Articles
Links to period cookbooks and recipes.

A Renaissance Cookery Book
"Recipes & additional text from the 16th century culinary manuscript, A Propre new booke of Cokery (1545). Included with the 49 original receipts are our translations & contemporary redactions."

Old Elizabethan Recipes
"Fast and accurate details and facts about Old Elizabethan Recipes."

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Web Sites

Art History Resources on the Web: Renaissance Art in Northern Europe and Spain - 16th century
Great site for an overview of art in the region during this time period. Look under "Hans Holbein the Younger" for "Portraits of Henry VIII and his Family".

Vol. 3. Renascence and Reformation. The Cambridge History of English and American Literature: An Encyclopedia in Eighteen Volumes. 1907–21
Access The Cambridge History of English and American Literature through Full-text and contains a timeline.

Elizabethan Sonneteers
"An archive of English sonnets, commentary, audio, and relevant web links."

Elizabethan England | Special Topics Page | Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Overview of art with links to individual works.

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Web Sites

Norton Anthology of English Literature: The 16th Century: Dissent, Doubt, and Spiritural Violence in the Reformation
Chapter overview with links to period texts and illustrations.

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Web Sites

Herbal Medicine in Shakespeare's England
Online article about John Hall, herbal medicine, and the diseases during the late 16th century and early 17th century in England.


Salzberg, Hugh W. From caveman to chemist: circumstances and achievements. Washington, D.C.: American Chemical Society, 1991.

Woolley, Benjamin. The queen’s conjurer: the science and magic of Dr. John Dee, advisor to Queen Elizabeth I. New York: Henry Holt, 2001.
Call No.: NONFIC 133.092 WOOLLEY

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Web Sites

The Geometry of War, 1500-1750
"The application of mathematical science in the context of the battlefield." An on-line exhibit from the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford. Featured Content and Articles
"A resource for historic arms and armor collectors with photo galleries, reviews, reference materials, and a comparison tool."


Fernandez-Armesto, Felipe. The Spanish Armada: the experience of war in 1588. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988.
Call No.: NONFIC 946.04 FERNANDE

Kelsey, Harry. Sir Francis Drake: the Queen's pirate. New Haven: Yale University Press, c1998.

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