Renaissance Studies

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Cultural Atlas of the Renaissance
1st ed. New York: Prentice Hall General Reference, 1993.
CB361 .C8 1993
Encyclopedia of the Renaissance and the Reformation
Bergin, Thomas Goddard. New York: Facts on File Publications, 2004.
CB359 .B47 2004
The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance
Campbell, Gordon. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.
CB361 .C27 2003
Historical Dictionary of the Renaissance
Nauert, Charles Garfield. Lanham [MD]: Scarecrow Press, 2004.
CB361 .N33 2004
The Renaissance: An Illustrated Encyclopedia
Rachum, Ilan. London: Octopus, 1979.
CB361 .R26
Handbook of European History, 1400—1600: Late Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation
Leiden; New York: E.J. Brill, 1994—
D203 .H33 1994
The New Cambridge Modern History
vol. 1 The Renaissance 1493—1520; vol. 2 The Reformation 1520—1559. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990—
D208 .N4
Reference & Stacks
France: a reference guide from the Renaissance to the present
Roberts, William. New York: Facts on File, 2004.
DC35 .R64
Italy: a reference guide from the Renaissance to the present
Sarti, Roland. New York: Facts on File, 2004.
DG461 .S27
A Concise Encyclopaedia of the Italian Renaissance
Ed. J.R. Hale. New York. Oxford, 1981.
DG537 .8 A1 C6


Orbis Latinus
Grasse, Johann Georg Theodor. Braunschweig: Klinkhardt & Bierman, 1972
A gazetteer of Medieval Latin place names.
G107 .G9 1972


Oxford Art Online
Includes Grove Art Online, Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.
N31 .D5 1996
Available Online
Encyclopedia of Italian Renaissance & Mannerist Art
Ed. Jane Turner. New York: Grove’s Dictionaries, 2000. 2 vols.
N6370 .E53 2000
Encyclopedia of World Art
New York: McGraw—Hill (1959—1987). 17 vols.
N31 .E533


See Resources in English Literature

Crowell’s Handbook of Elizabethan & Stuart Literature
Ruoff, James E. New York: Crowell, 1975.
PR19 .R8 1975
Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors
Vol. 1 680—1638. Ed. Charles W. Moulton. New York: Henry Malkan Publisher, 1910.
PR83 .M73 1910
British Writers
Ed. Ian Scott Kilvert. Vol. I & 2. New York: Scribner, 1979.
PR85 .B688
A Companion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture
Ed. Michael Hattaway. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell.
PR411 .C66 2000
Major Tudor Authors: A Bio—Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook
Ed. Alan Hager. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1997.
PR411 .M35 1997
Sixteenth–Century British NonDramatic Writers
Dictionary of Literary Biography. Ed. David A. Richardson. First & Second Series. Detroit: Gale, 1994.
PR411 .S58 1993
PR 411 S582 1994
A Biographical Dictionary of Renaissance Poets and Dramatists, 1520—1650
Saunders, J.W. Sussex, England: Harverster, c1983.
PR421 .S33 1983
A Companion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture
Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2000.
PR411 C66 2000
Elizabethan Bibliographies
Tannenbaum, Samuel Aaron. Port Washington N.Y.: Kennikat Press, 1967.
Z2012 .T3 1967
English Renaissance Prose Fiction, 1500—1660: An Annotated Bibliography of Criticism
Harner, James L. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1978.
Z2014 .F4 H37
English Prose, Prose Fiction and Criticism to 1660: A Guide to Information Sources
Heninger, S.K. Detroit: Gale Research, 1975.
Z2014 .P795 H45

Article Databases

To locate articles in journals, use the following periodical indexes:

Abstracts of English Studies
PE 25 A16
Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL)
Z 2011 M69
Available Online
ATLA Religion Database with ATLA Serials
Available Online
British Humanities Index
Available Online
Humanities Abstracts
AI3 .H8
Available Online
Historical Abstracts
Available Online
Iter: Gateway to the Medieval Ages and Renaissance
Available Online
MLA International Bibliography
(for coverage 1956+)
Z 7006 M64 Reference
Available Online
Philosophers Index
Cumulative Edition. Current year;
Z 7127 P47 Reference
Available Online

Key Journals

Holdings may vary, verify online coverage in U of T Library catalogue:

Renaissance News
Holdings: [1]2—19, 1948—1966;
(Later title: Renaissance Quarterly)
Available Online
Renaissance Quarterly
Holdings: Vol. 20, 1967—2001;
(Former title: Renaissance News) ; 2000+ current issues online
Available Online
Speculum: A Journal of Mediaeval Studies
Holdings: vol. 1, 1926—1999
Available Online
Sixteenth Century Journal
Available Online
Holdings: Vol. 1 (1943)—Vol. 31 (1975);
Available Online

Subject Headings

To locate materials relevant to the study of the Renaissance using the Library Catalogue, search the subject field using browse by entering an appropriate subject heading.

Examples of common headings for Renaissance material are:

  • Renaissance
  • Renaissance England (or any other country)
  • English literature Early modern 1500-1700 history & criticism
  • Literature modern 15th and 16th centuries
  • Politics and literature Great Britain (or any other country) history 16th century

For other relevant materials about an author, type the author's name as a subject. For example: Shakespeare William 1564-1616 criticism and interpretation

Other Useful Texts

The Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Humanism
Ed. Kill Kraye. Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
CB361 .C26 1996
Worldly Goods: A New History of the Renaissance
Jardine, Lisa. New York: Nan A. Talese, c1996.
CB361 .J35 1996
Renaissance Europe: Age of Recovery and Reconciliation
Jensen, De Lamar. Lexington, Mass.: D.C. Heath, c1981.
CB361 .J43
The Idea of the Renaissance
Kerrigan, William. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, c1989.
CB361 .K37 1989
Renaissance Essays
Ed. Paul Oskar Kristeller and Philip P. Wiener. Library of the History of Ideas, Vol. 9 & 10. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 1992.
CB361 .K67 1992
Humanism and the Culture of Renaissance Europe
Nauert, Charles Garfield. Cambridge, England; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1995.
CB361 .N34 1995
Renaissance Culture in Context: Theory and Practice
Ed. Jean R. Brink and William F. Gentrup. Aldershot: Scolar Press, c1993.
CB361 .R3815 1993
Subject and Object in Renaissance Culture
Ed. Margreta de Grazia, Maureen Quilligan and Peter Stallybrass. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
CB361 .S82 1996
The Civilization of Europe in the Renaissance
Hale, J.R. London: Harper Collins, 1993.
CB367 .H35 1993
A World Lit Only By Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance: Portrait of an Age
Manchester, William Raymond. Boston: Little, Brown, c1992.
CB369 .M36 1992
Renaissance Essays
Trevor—Roper, H.R. Chicago: University of Chicago Press: London: M. Secker & Warburg, 1985.
D210 .T79 1985
The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry: The 1893 Text
Pater, Walter. Berkeley: University of California Press, c1980.
NX450 .5 P37 1980
Theatres and Encyclopedias in Early Modern Europe
West, William. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
PN2570 .W484 2002
Medieval to Renaissance in English Poetry
Spearing, A.C. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1985.
PR411 .S66 1985
Literature, Politics and National Identity: Reformation to Renaissance
Hadfield, Andrew. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994.
PR418 .P65 H33 1994
Renaissance Perspectives in Literature and the Visual Arts
Roston, Murray. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, c1987.
PR428 .A76 R67 1987
From Renaissance to Baroque: Essays on Literature and Art
Martz, Louis Lohr. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, c1991.
PR533 .M37 1991
Poetry and Politics in the English Renaissance
Norbrook, David. London; Boston: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1984.
PR535 .H5 N67 1984

Web Resources

Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies at Victoria University, in the University of Toronto
Available Online
Sites on Shakespeare and the Renaissance
Available Online
Sixteenth Century Renaissance English Literature, 1485—1603
Available Online
Voice of the Shuttle: English Literature, Renaissance & 17th—Century
Available Online

compiled by: Lisa Sherlock | updated: september 2011

Last updated: March 7, 2023