Elizabethan Resources


Writers of historical fiction do a immense amount of research to ensure that they can evoke the period they are writing about as realistically as possible. Although only a small amount of that research finds its way into the finished work, readers are often interested in the sources a writer has consulted.

Over the next few weeks I will be posting topic lists of the various resources I have used in writing Forsaking All Others, the novel I will be self-publishing in April, and The Turtles Cannot Sing, my work in progress. This list is in no way comprehensive

General Resources

Primary Sources
Harrison, William Harrison’s Description of England in Shakspere’s youth. : bbeing the second and third books of his Description of Britaine and England  edited from the first two editions of Holinshed’s Chronicle, A.D. 1577, 1587, by Frederick J. Furnivall London : Published for the New Shakspeare Society, by N. Trübner, 1877-81. 3 Vols

Hadyn, Hiram (Ed.) The portable Elizabethan reader New York : Viking Press, 1946.

Smith, Sir Thomas De republica Anglorum Edited by Mary Dewar Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1982.

Stubbes, Phillip Anatomy of abuses in England Vaduz : Kraus, 1965. 2 vols

Secondary Sources
Barber, Peter London. A History in Maps London : The London Topographical Society in association with The British Library, 2012.

Barrett, L. Beer Tudor England observed : the world of John Stow Stroud : Sutton Publishing, 1998.

Byrne, M. St. Clare, Elizabethan life in town and country London: Methuen, 1961, c.1925.

Doran, Susan The Tudor Chronicles 1458-1603 london : Quercus, 2008.

Ford, Boris (Ed.) The Cambridge cultural history of Britain. Volume 3. Sixteenth-century Britain Cambridge ; CUP, 1992, c.1989.

Hibbert, Christopher The English. A social history 1066-1945 Glasgow : Guild Publishing, 1987.

Kaplan, Steven L. (ed.) Understanding popular culture : Europe from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century Berlin ; New York : Mouton, 1998, c1984.

Nicholls, Mark A History of the modern British Isles, 1529-1603. The Two Kingdoms Oxford : Blackwell, 1999.

Ordish, T. Fairman Shakespeare’s London Williamstown, Mass., Corner House, 1975.

Pritchard, R. E. (Ed.) Shakespeare’s England. Life in Elizabethan & Jacobean times Stroud : Sutton, 2003.

Prockter, Adrian and Taylor, Robert The A to Z of Elizabethan London London: Harry Margary in association with Guildhall Library, 1979.

Reay, Barry Popular cultures in England, 1550-1750 London ; New York : Longman, 1998.

Rowse, A. L. The Elizabethan Renaissance. The life of society London : Macmillan, 1971.

Smith, Lacey Baldwin The Horizon Book of the Elizabethan World New York : Paul Hamlyn, 1967.

Tillyard, E. M. W. The Elizabethan world picture Harmondsworth : Penguin, 1979, c1943.

Wagner, John A. Historical dictionary of the Elizabethan world  Phoenix, Arizona ; Oryx Press, 1999.

What life was like in the realm of Elizabeth. England AD 1553-1603 Alexandria, Virginia : Time-Life Books, 1998.

Youings, Joyce Sixteenth-century England London : A. Lane, 1984.

The Anatomy of Abuses by Philip Stubbes 1583

Early Modern Hub

Map of Early Modern London

Modern History Sourcebook: William Harrison (1534-1593): Description Of Elizabethan England, 1577 (from Holinshed’s Chronicles)

Renaissance – The Elizabethan World

A Survey of London. Reprinted From the Text of 1603
Image: A Panorama of London by Claes Visscher, 1616.Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1269797

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