Elizabethan E-Texts


Renascence Editions awards the Bess Award to sites of excellence in Early Modern studies.



Some E-text Resources:

The Philological Museum | Early English Books On-line

British Literature.com
This remarkable Web site maintained by Dana F. Sutton, Professor of Classics,
University of California, Irvine, offers texts in the original Latin and in English Translation! Also valuable is the accompanying

Luminarium | Renascence Editions | Christian Classics Ethereal Library
The Online Books Page | The Perseus Project | The English Server | UTEL
Voice of the Shuttle | Project Gutenberg | Camera Obscura Resources
Internet Public Library | Links to Libraries | Renaissance Women Online
Renaissance Songs and Poems MIDI Files | The Internet Classics Archive
Records of Early English Drama (REED) | Shakespeare and the Internet
The Furness Shakespeare Library | The Modern English Collection

Index of On-line Dictionaries (over 600 in all languages) |
Sonnet Central


Adlington, William Apeleius's The Golden Asse (1566)

Alciato, Andrea Emblematum liber (Book of Emblems, 1531)

Anger, Jane Jane Anger her Protection for Women (1589)

Anonymous Cordelia, from A Mirovr for Magistrates (1610) | Everyman (1527?) | The King and Queenes Entertainement at Richmond (1636) | Spare your good (1555?) | King Edward the Third (1596) | Sir Thomas More (1590-95) | The Famous Victories of Henry the Fifth (1598) | The Wisdom of Doctor Dodypoll (1600) | Edmund Ironside (1590) | Pasquil's Countercuffe to Martin Junior (1589) | The lawes or standing orders of the East India Company (1621, facsimile)

Ascham, Roger Selections fromToxophilus and The Scholemaster | The Scholemaster (1570, complete)


Bacon, Francis The Essayes or Covnsels Civill and Morall (1601) | Advancement of Learning (1605) | New Atlantis (1626) | Other Works

Baldwin, William & Ferrers, George A Mirovr for Magistrates (1610, partial facsimile)

Barnes, Barnabe Sonnets (1593, 1595)

Barnfield, Richard Selected Poems (1598)

Benson, John Poems: written by Wil. Shake-speare. Gent. (1640, actual page facsimiles, complete)

Beaumont, Francis Salmacis and Hermaphroditus. (1602)

Browne, Sir Thomas Religio Medici (1635) | Hydriotaphia (1658) | Letter to a Friend | Other Works

Brylinger, Nicholas (ed.) Comedies and Tragedies (1540)


Campion, Thomas OBSERVATIONS in the Art of English (1602) | Selections from A Booke of Ayres (1601, 1613, 1617) | Latin Poetry

Carew, Richard The Excellencie of the English tongue (1614)

Castiglione, Baldessar The Book of the Courtier (Sir Thomas Hoby, trans. 1561) | The courtyer of Count Baldessar Castilio (1561, facsimile)

Caxton, William The Curial (1484)

Chapman, George Homer's Odysseys | Selected Poems (1594-1611)

Chettle, Henrie Kind-hartes Dream (1592)

Clinton, Elizabeth The Countesse of Lincolnes Nurserie (1622)

Constable, Henry Diana (1594)

Coote, Edmund The English Schoole-Maister (1596)

Crooke, Helkiah Mikrokosmographia: A Description of the Body of Man (1615, facsimile)


Daniel, Samuel A Defence of Ryme (1603) | Delia. Contayning certayne Sonnets: vvith the complaint of Rosamond (1592)

Dekker, Thomas Gull's Hornbook (1609) | The Wonderfull Yeare (1603)

Donne, John Selected Poems

Dowriche, Anne The French Historie (1589)

Drayton, Michael Selected Poems | Endimion and Phbe (1595) | The true chronicle history of King Leir, and his three daughters, Gonorill, Ragan, and Cordella (1605, facsimile)

Dudley,Robert, Earl of Leicester Lawes and Ordinances militarie (1586)


Edwards, Richard Damon and Pithias (1571)

Eliot, Thomas The boke named the Gouernour (1531, facsimile)

Elizabeth I Selected Poems | Selected Poems and Letters | Selected Speeches | Speech to her Last Parliament (The Golden Speech 1601)

The Elizabethan Homilies (1623)

Elyot, Sir Thomas The Boke named The Governour (1531)


Fox, George Selected Epistles (1653-1664)

Foxe, John Actes and Monuments, aka The Book of Martyrs (1610, partial facsimile) | The Book of Martyrs (Complete Text)


Gascoigne, George Jacosta (trans. 1566) | The Posies (1575) | Supposes (1566) | The Adventures of Master F.J. | Certayne Notes of Instruction | The Steel Glas & The Complaynte of Philomene (1576)

Gerard, John The herball or Generall historie of plantes (1597, facsimile)

Gifford, George A Dialogue Concerning Witches and Witchcraftes (1593)

Goddard, William A Neaste of VVaspes (1615)

Golding, Arthur (trans.) Ovid's Metamorphoses | A Tragedie of Abraham's Sacrifice (1575) | Ovid's Metamorphoses (Original Spelling)

Gosson, Stephen Plays Confuted in Five Actions (1582, facsimile) | The Schoole of Abuse (1579)

Greene, Robert Selected Poems | Greene's Groats-worth of Wit (1596) | The Comicall Historie of Alphonsus, King of Aragon. (1599)

Guilpin, Everard Skialetheia (1598)


Hall, Joseph Characters of Virtues and Vices (1608)

Hariot, Thomas A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia (1588 & 1590 texts and facsimiles)

Harrison, William Description of England (1575)

Harsnet, Samuel A Declaration of egregious Popish Impostures (1603, partial)

Hexham, Henry (trans.) Atlas or A geographicke description of the regions, countries and kingdomes of the world, through Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, represented by new & exact maps (1636, facsimile)

Heywood, Thomas The Fair Maid of the West Parts I and II (1631, facsimile) | A funerall elegie upon the death of Henry, prince of Wales (1613) | The exemplary lives and memorable acts of nine the most worthy women in the vvorld (1640, facsimile)

Holinshed's Chronicles (1577, facsimile)

Hooker, Richard A Learned Discourse of Justification (1585?) | Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity (1593, partial)

Howard, Henry (Earl of Surrey) Selected Poems


James I A counterblaste to tobacco (1604, facsimile)

Jonson, Ben Complete Works | The Alchemist (1612) | Batholomew Fair (1614) | Catiline (1611) | Cynthia's Revel's (1601) | Epicœne (1609) | Every Man in His Humour (1601) | Mercury Vindicated from the Alchemists at Court | New Inn (1631) | Timber (1640) | Sejanus (1605) | Selected Poems | Volpone (1607)

Kemp, Will Nine Daies Wonder (1600)

Kyd, Thomas The Spanish Tragedy (1594) | The Tragedy Of Soliman And Perseda (1599)

Lanyer, Aemilia Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum (1611)

Lodge, Thomas A Reply to Stephen Gosson's Schoole of Abuse in Defence of Poetry, Musick, and Stage Plays (1580?) | Rosalynde. Euphues Golden Legacie (1590)

Lyly, John Gallathea (1592) | Selected Poems and Excerpts | Endimion - The Man in the Moone (1591)


Marlowe, Christopher Complete Works | More Marlowe | Hero and Leander (1598) | Hero and Leander (1598, facsimile)

Meres, Francis Palladis Tamia: Wit's Treasury (1598)

Middleton, Thomas Complete Works (In Progress)

Milton, John Complete Works

Montaigne Essays

More, Sir Thomas The History of King Richard the Third (1557)


Nashe, Thomas Selected Excerpts | More selected excerpts | Pierce Penilesse | The Choise of Valentines | Summers Last Will and Testament (1600) | Strange Newes (1592)

Niccols, Richard The Beggers Ape (1607)

Norden, John Vicissitudo rerum (1600)

Oldmixon, John Reflections on Dr. Swift's Letter to the Earl of Oxford, About the English Tongue



Percy, William Sonnets to the Fairest Coelia (1594)

Puttenham, George The Arte of English Poesie (1589)

Ralegh, Sir Walter Selected Poems and Excerpts


Scott, Thomas Certaine reasons and arguments of policie, why the king of England should enter into warre with the Spaniard (1624)

Shakespeare E-Texts

Sidney, Mary, Countess of Pembroke The Tragedie of Antonie (1595) | A Dialogue Between Two Shepherds (1602)

Sidney, Philip Astrophel and Stella (1591?) | Defence of Poesie (Ponsonby, 1595) | The Lady of May (1605)

Sixteenth Century Ballads

Southwell, Robert Selected Poems

Sowernam, Ester Ester hath hang'd Haman (1617)

Speght, Rachel A Mouzell for Melastomus (1617) | Mortalities Memorandum (1621)

Spenser, Edmund The Edmund Spenser Home Page (All major and most minor works)

Stow, John The chronicles of England (1580, facsimile)


Tottel, Richard Tottels Miscellany (1557)

Tusser, Thomas A hundreth good pointes of husbandrie (1557, facsimile)

de Vere, Edward 24 Poems


Watson, Thomas Hekatompathia (1582)

Whitney, Geffrey Choice of Emblemes (1586)

Wilson, Thomas The Art of Rhetorique (1560)

Wroth, Lady Mary Pamphilia to Amphilanthus (1621) | More on Wroth

Wyatt, Sir Thomas Selected Poems and Miscellaneous

SourceText.Com | Home | Shakspere Chronology | Oxford Chronology | Oxfordian Essays
Oxfordian Library | Shakespeare Law Library | Elizabethan E-Texts | Oxfordian Links

Copyright © 1997-2003 by Mark Alexander. All Rights Reserved.
Text on this entire web site may be downloaded for personal and educational use only.