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Shakespeare and Company Education

Websites We Recommend

Play texts

Offers Folio and Quarto texts in original spelling.
http://web.uvic.ca/shakespeare/Annex/DraftTxt/index.html

The Web’s oldest Shakespeare site.
http://www.it.usyd.edu.au/~matty/Shakespeare/

Businesslike and scholarly texts of the plays, supported by MIT.
http://the-tech.mit.edu/Shakespeare/

Shakespeare on the Web
This site has great photographs of the actual Folio pages for Shakespeare’s plays as well as photographs of Holinshed’s Chronicles, one of Shakespeare’s primary sources.
http://dewey.library.upenn.edu/sceti/flash.cfm?CFID=1575127&CFTOKEN=10370111

Elizabethan/Renaissance

LIFE IN ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND
A Compendium of Common Knowledge 1558-1603. This site offers a concise, yet superficial view of basic daily existence in Elizabethan England. Good for a basic introduction to the period and quick fact searches.
http://renaissance.dm.net/compendium/home.html

MODERN HISTORY SOURCEBOOK: Holinshed’s Chronicles of England 1577
Holinshed’s Chronicles are a primary source account of daily living in England during the Renaissance. It includes a discussion of topics such as laws, policies, inventions and public health.
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1577harrison-england.html

RENAISSANCE RESOURCES
Designed for scholars and Renaissance Faire aficionados, this page has links to nearly anything and everything, from portraits of Elizabeth I to the rules of rapier and dagger fighting to Elizabethan gardening and the Great Chain of Being. If the site is missing anything at all, you bet it links to a page where that something can be found.
http://renaissance.dm.net/sites.html

OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE SOCIETY FOR CREATIVE ANACHRONISM
The society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating pre-17th-century European history. Some of the material is highly esoteric, but the SCA is a wonderful resource for finding helpful people in your area.
http://www.sca.org

Lesson Plans

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS: “You Kiss by the Book”: Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
The site contains lesson plans that complement the study of plot and characterization.
http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=303

Miscellaneous

Shakespeare and the Internet
An annotated guide to the scholarly Shakespeare resources available on Internet. This site has links to everything: play texts, information about Shakespeare’s life, Elizabethan England, Shakespeare criticism, study guides and lesson plans.
http://shakespeare.palomar.edu/