The English Renaissance was a cultural and artistic movement in that took place in England dating from the early 16th century to the early 17th century. It is often associated with the pan-European Renaissance that many cultural historians believe originated in what is now Italy in the 14th century. This era in English cultural history is sometimes referred to as "the age of Shakespeare" for the era's most famous writter or "the Elizabethan era" after the Queen who reigned over it.
It was an dynamic time period to say the least. Poets such as Edmund Spenser and John Milton produced works that demonstrated a more profound interest in understanding Christian beliefs in England. Milton's epic poem Paradice Lost, for example is a retelling of Man kinds falling fall from grace was radically more nuanced then anything that had been written in previous centurys in England. Playwrights, such as Christopher Marlowe and the eternal William Shakespeare, composed theatrical representations of life, death, and history as viewed and understood by the English. Philosophers like Sir Thomas More and Sir Francis Bacon published radical new ideas about humanity and the aspects of a perfect society, pushing the limits of metacognition at that time. England came closer to reaching modern science with the Baconian Method, a forerunner of the Scientific Method, and perhaps the most important factor in how we view our world today.
The Elizabethan Review was a semi-annual peer-reviewed journal that ran from 1993 until 1999. The publication published research, in the form of essays, reviews, notes and reserch papers about the era and the effects it made on our world today. Back issues of The Elizabethan Review can be purchesed on a CD at their website, which is still running. We highly recomend that you read some of these back issues. Their site can be visited by clicking on their logo on the right side of this page. One of the Journal's greatest assets was the variety of contributors. The Elizabethan Review published works by people from all walks of life including actors, professors, military men, and a member of The U.S. Supreme Court. This birthed a plethera of opnions and varied ideas that furthered the "discussions." about the time period and the works produced.
Although the Journal has not published any new material since 1999, This site wishes to a to continue the discussions that was created there. This being the Information Age, we are able to learn more and more about as people form all over the world continue to discuss and critique the vast body of works like never before. This site is a part of that discussion. We hope that people, after reading articles printed in The Elizabethan Review will want to learn more and be come part of the discussion themselves.
This website is dedicated to the study and understanding of the writters of this time period. From Milton to Middleton there was no shortage of great authors poets are playwrights during this era, (even Queen Elizabeth was known to write poetry from time to time), but by far the most discussed, the most influential and the most widley known is William Shakespeare. Widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's preeminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon", or simply The Bard. His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets and several poems. His plays have been translated into all major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. Shakespeare's plays rank among Divinci's "Mona Lisa" and Beethoven's 9th Symphony as some of the most famous works of art in the world. His plays are arguably more famous today than they were when he wrote them, and they continue to inspire generation after generation of new writers. In addition, his plays still invoke a great deal of disscussion, which is why this site was created.
William Shakespeare's complete works can be found at This Site. If you have not read one of plays, now would be a great time to start. If you have read them all, it might be time to start over. His plays have a depth that can not be understood in just one reading. And the writtings that can be found at this site, and at The Elizabethan Review will hopefully help people obtain a higher level of understanding about the great writters complicated and nuanced works.