Remarkable Renaissance Resources

I came on remarkable renaissance resources when I was browsing the web, as I love to do. I knew I should be writing but I justified my time as research.

Finding The Renaissance Society of America I felt justified. Obviously time well spent.

Teaching Resources

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Remarkable Renaissance Resources – Heptameron Page

Browsing the main menu, I checked out Resources. The submenu choice teaching resources tickled my curiosity. There I found a veritable treasure trove.

The page linked to websites of remarkable renaissance resources on a range of topics. They range from literature to history, art, music, and architecture to interdisciplinary and miscellaneous resources.

As examples, under the literature section, the first four covered:

Of these remarkable renaissance resources, I was delighted that three of the four were French Renaissance. The fourth was Shakespeare, a classic that is applicable everywhere. Under each listing, the authors provide topics areas and descriptions. I randomly viewed various sites and they were excellent.

Research Resources

This section includes links to bibliographies, catalogs, portals, databases and other renaissance resources. Some are full text resources, others not. They cover an enormous range. One took me to accounts of travellers’ journeys linked to Google maps of their routes. You receive pdf files of the travellers with a summary of the sources as well. Fascinating.

Other remarkable renaissance resources include:

  • Early English Playbooks,
  • the paintings of Italian renaissance painters,
  • the correspondence of various renaissance writers,
  • etc.

You will find a link to Gallica, the full text searchable database of the Biliothèque numérique of the Bibliothèque nationale de France.


To the Renaissance Society of America for making this material available to renaissance enthusiasts.,

The RSA the largest international learned society devoted to the study of the era 1300–1700. It has over 5,000 members around the world.

It has members at universities and various institutions of higher education. They are  faculty, graduate and postgraduate students. You will find its members at museums, libraries, and cultural institutions. They are also independent scholars and those interested in Renaissance studies.

A Range of Disciplinary groups

It covers a variety of disciplinary groups. The range reflects the field’s vibrancy and diversity. They are Americas, Art and Architecture, Book History, Classical Tradition, Comparative Literature, Digital Humanities, Emblems, English Literature, French Literature, Germanic Literature, Hebraica, Hispanic Literature, History, Humanism, Islamic World, Italian Literature, Legal and Political Thought, Medicine and Science, Music, Neo-Latin Literature, Performing Arts and Theater, Philosophy, Religion, Rhetoric, Women and Gender.

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