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Renaissance English Drama: An Introduction

An introduction to Renaissance English Drama has to cover enough material to fill one, if not many, whole books. There are several wonderful works available, and it is recommended you check them out at a library or bookstore near you. However, in the interest of the student or casual reader, a cursory introduction has here been attempted. The introduction is intended to give the reader a general overview and introduction to the subject, and we hope it fulfills its purpose.

Introductory Chapters:
English Drama: From Medieval to Renaissance

The Sociopolitical Climate in Elizabethan England

Elizabethan World View

Elizabethan Playhouses

Elizabethan Staging Conventions

Timeline of Elizabethan Playhouses and Acting Companies

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Renaissance English Dramatists
John Heywood
Thomas Sackville
Nicholas Udall
John Skelton
John Bale George Gascoigne
John Lyly
Robert Greene
George Peele
Thomas Kyd
Christopher Marlowe
Anthony Munday
Thomas Campion
Samuel Daniel
William Shakespeare
Ben Jonson
Thomas Dekker
John Marston
Francis Beaumont
John Fletcher
John Webster
Thomas Middleton
William Rowley
Philip Massinger
John Ford
James Shirley
Thomas Heywood
Margaret Cavendish

Elizabethan Theatre
See section
English Renaissance Drama

Images of London:
Location Map of Elizabethan London
Plan of the Bankside, Southwark, in Shakespeare's time
Detail of Norden's Map of the Bankside, 1593
Bull and Bear Baiting Rings from the Agas Map (1569-1590, pub. 1631)
Visscher's Panoramic View of London, 1616. COLOR

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