Thursday, March 10, 2016

Tamburlaine: Cultural Contexts

Richard Knolles, A Generall Historie of the Turkes (1603)

Richard Hakluyt, The Principal Navigations (1598-1600)

Abraham Ortelius, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (1570; this image from 1603 ed.)
See Ortelius's map of the Middle East here.

(attr.) Robert Greene and Thomas Lodge, The Tragedy of Selimus (1638)

Robert Daborne, A Christian Turn'd Turke (1612)

(attr.) George Peele, The Battle of Alcazar (1594)

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Resources for Primary Historical Research in English Renaissance Drama

Indispensable printed resources include, most importantly: 

Annals of English Drama, 975-1700, 3rd edition, ed. Alfred Harbage, Samuel Schoenbaum, and Sylvia Stoler Wagonheim (London: Routledge, 1989)

W.W. Greg, A Bibliography of the English Printed Drama to the Restoration, 4 vols. (London: Bibliographical Society, 1939-59)

Henslowe's Diary, 2nd edition, ed. R. A. Foakes (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002)

Important databases and online resources include:

Early English Books Online (EEBO)

Database of Early English Playbooks (DEEP)

Lost Plays Database

Henslowe-Alleyn Digitization Project