Here are some of the sources which today's talk on Shakespeare's England (for Nonsuch Literary Week) was based on:
- A Compendium of Common Knowledge: A fantastic collection of information (somewhat randomly arranged) about everyday life in Elizabethan England, examining topics as diverse as food, music, duelling and how much to tip servants. Provided by http://www.elizabethan.org/ which also has other interesting material on Elizabethan topics. Its links page is also very thorough.
- Elizabethan Theatre: Lots of details on the different theatres operating in Elizabethan England.
- Shakespeare (from the RSC): Plenty of information, including a helpful PDF on Shakespeare's life and career.
- Elizabethan Theatre (A lecture): Lots of detail on theatres, performances, etc.
- Elizabethan England in the Year of Shakespeare's Birth (Joel Hurstfield, History Today, 1964): It may be 50 years old, but it is still a very helpful and detailed article, focusing on Sir Thomas Smith's survey of England written in 1565.
If you find any further useful sites, please let us know and we will add them to the list!