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Archived Primary Sources Listed by Topic:

Animals
Astrology
Courtship
Education
Evil
First Folio
Friendship
Gender Roles
Generations
Law
Maps
Marriage
Masters and Servants
Medicine
Melancholy
Music
Nobility
Parents and Children
Pastoral
Performance
Proclamations by the Queen
Prompt Books
Religion
Revenge
Rulers and Subjects
Shakespeare's Sources
Sins
Sport
Stereotypes
Storms
Theater
Travel
         
As You Like It
Cymbeline
Hamlet
Henry IV, Part 1
Henry V
Henry VI, Part 1
Julius Caesar
King Lear
Love's Labor's Lost
Macbeth
Measure for Measure
The Merchant of Venice
The Merry Wives of Windsor
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Much Ado About Nothing
Othello
Pericles
Richard II
Romeo and Juliet
Taming of the Shrew
The Tempest
Timon of Athens
Titus Andronicus
Troilus and Cressida
Twelfth Night
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Winter's Tale
Alphabetical Source Listing
Masques
Other Primary Sources
Supernatural

 
Animals
An olde mans lesson and a young mans love
 
Astrology
A briefe and most easie introduction to the astrologicall iudgement of the starres
His president for the starres
Utrisque Cosmi majoris... (Great Chain of Being)
 
Courtship
A Work worth the Reading
Clavis Medicinae
Of domesticall duties
The Mysteries of Love & Eloquence
The pleasures of matrimony 
 
Education
  The artes of logike and rhetorike
 Garden of Eloquence
An olde mans lesson and a young mans love
English dictionarie: or, An interpreter of hard English words.
Hero-paideia, or The institution of a young noble man
The Arte of Rhetorique
The Principles of Musik In Singing and Setting 
True arte of defence
 
Evil
An olde mans lesson and a young mans love
Daemonologie, in the forme of a dialogue, divided into three books
 
First Folio
First Folio (Mr. William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories & Tragedies)
 
Friendship
Bel-vedere or The Garden of Muses
Epicurus's Morals
Hero-paideia, or The institution of a young noble man
 
Gender Roles
A bride-bush, or A wedding sermon
A Discourse, of marriage and wiving
Bible and Holy Scriptures: The Geneva Bible
Essayes and counsels, civil and moral: Of Revenge
Of domesticall duties
Proclamation by the Queen (men's and women's apparel)
Th' overthrow of stage-playes
The Compleat Gentleman
The court of good counsell
The English gentlewoman
The lavves resolutions of womens rights 
The pleasures of matrimony 
The shepheards calender
Treatise of Specters...
Womans doctour
 
Generations
An olde mans lesson and a young mans love
His president for the starres
 
Law
A preparatiue to mariage
An account of the behaviour, confession and last dying speech of Sir John johnson
Basilikon Doron or, Majesties instructions to his Dearest Sonne, Henry the Prince
King James his judgement of a king and of a tyrant.
Proclamation by the Queen (men's and women's apparel)
Proclamation by the Queen (vagabonds, rogues, idle persons and masterlesse men)
The lavves resolutions of womens rights 
The Lawes and actes of parliament (1599)
The very beggars petition against popery
Ward and Danseker two notorious pyrates
 
Maps
A geographical historie of Africa
A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World
Discoverie of the large, rich, and bevvtiful empire of Guiana..
The Sea-Atlas or the Watter World
 
Marriage
A bride-bush, or A wedding sermon
A Discourse, of marriage and wiving
A good wife Gods gift; and, a wife indeed
A Work worth the Reading
An account of the behaviour, confession and last dying speech of Sir John johnson
Basilikon Doron or, Majesties instructions to his Dearest Sonne, Henry the Prince
Bible and Holy Scriptures: The Geneva Bible
Constitutions and Canons (1604)
Counsel to the Husband: To the Wife Instruction
Crown Conjugall
Of domesticall duties
The court of good counsell
The lavves resolutions of womens rights 
The Office of Christian Parents
The pleasures of matrimony 
 
Masters and Servants
The court of good counsell
 
Medicine
Clavis Medicinae
Womans doctour
 
Melancholy
Anatomy of Melancholy: Causes
 
Music
A plaine and easie introduction to practicall musicke
Essayes or counsels, ciuill and morall
The Principles of Musik In Singing and Setting 
 
Nobility
A discourse whether a noble man by birth or a gentleman by desert is greater in nobilitie 
A supplication in contemption of side-tailes, and muzzled-faces
Proclamation by the Queen (men's and women's apparel)
The Compleat Gentleman
The courtyer of Count Baldessar Castilio
The obedience of a Christen man, and how Christen rulers ought to gouerne
True arte of defence
 
Parents and Children
A discourse whether a noble man by birth or a gentleman by desert is greater in nobilitie 
A Godly Forme of Householde Government
A plaine and easie introduction to practicall musicke
A Work worth the Reading
An olde mans lesson and a young mans love
Of domesticall duties
Of domesticall duties
The court of good counsell
The Office of Christian Parents
The Schoole of Vertue
 
Pastoral
The shepheards calender
 
Performance
 Garden of Eloquence
A Choice of Emblemes
Chirologia
Essayes or counsels, ciuill and morall
Hamlet Memorial Book/Lark Taylor Prompt Book
Passions of the Minde
 
Proclamations by the Queen
Proclamation by the Queen (men's and women's apparel)
Proclamation by the Queen (vagabonds, rogues, idle persons and masterlesse men)
 
Prompt Books
Hamlet Memorial Book/Lark Taylor Prompt Book
 
Religion
  The artes of logike and rhetorike
A discourse of the severall kinds and causes of lightnings
A preparatiue to mariage
A verie godly, learned, and fruitfull sermon against the bad spirits of malignitie, malice, and vnmercifulnesse
Bible and Holy Scriptures: The Geneva Bible
Coryats Crudities
God be Thanked
Jewish hypocrisie,  a caveat to the present generation
King James his judgement of a king and of a tyrant.
Th' overthrow of stage-playes
The Arte of Rhetorique
The death of vsury
The obedience of a Christen man, and how Christen rulers ought to gouerne
The very beggars petition against popery
The young-mans warning-peece
Utrisque Cosmi majoris... (Great Chain of Being)
 
Revenge
A verie godly, learned, and fruitfull sermon against the bad spirits of malignitie, malice, and vnmercifulnesse
Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland, (Holinshed's Chronicles)
Essayes and counsels, civil and moral: Of Revenge
 
Rulers and Subjects
Basilikon Doron or, Majesties instructions to his Dearest Sonne, Henry the Prince
Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland, (Holinshed's Chronicles)
Falshood in Friendship
Hymnes of Astraea in acrosticke verse
King James his judgement of a king and of a tyrant.
Proclamation by the Queen (men's and women's apparel)
The obedience of a Christen man, and how Christen rulers ought to gouerne
 
Shakespeare's Sources
Bible and Holy Scriptures: The Geneva Bible
Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland, (Holinshed's Chronicles)
Lives of the noble Grecians and Romanes (Plutarch's Lives)
The Strachey Letter
 
Sins
A discourse of the severall kinds and causes of lightnings
A verie godly, learned, and fruitfull sermon against the bad spirits of malignitie, malice, and vnmercifulnesse
An olde mans lesson and a young mans love
The very beggars petition against popery
 
Sport
True arte of defence
 
Stereotypes
 A briefe and true report of the new found land of Virginia
 Generall historie of Virginia
A geographical historie of Africa
A preparatiue to mariage
A Treatise Against Painting and Tincturing of Men and Women
An olde mans lesson and a young mans love
Certaine secrete wonders of nature
Concerninge the Situation of the world
Coryats Crudities
De Gli Habiti Antichi, et Moderni: Renaissance Costume Book
Ester hath hang'd Haman: or an answere to a lewd pamphlet
Jewish hypocrisie,  a caveat to the present generation
Relatione del reame di Congo [A report of the kingdome of Congo]
The Araignment of Lewd, Idle, Froward, and unconstant Women
The death of vsury
The Good and the Badde
The lavves resolutions of womens rights 
Treatise of Specters...
Womans doctour
 
Storms
A discourse of the severall kinds and causes of lightnings
God be Thanked
The Academy of complements...and elegant expressions of love and courtship
The Strachey Letter
 
Theater
Essayes or counsels, ciuill and morall
Th' overthrow of stage-playes
 
Travel
 A briefe and true report of the new found land of Virginia
 Generall historie of Virginia
An olde mans lesson and a young mans love
Coryats Crudities
Discoverie of the large, rich, and bevvtiful empire of Guiana..
God be Thanked
The Strachey Letter
 
As You Like It
A Curtaine Lecture
A supplication in contemption of side-tailes, and muzzled-faces
Proclamation by the Queen (men's and women's apparel)
Th' overthrow of stage-playes
The English gentlewoman
The Historie of foure-footed beastes
The Principles of Musik In Singing and Setting 
The shepheards calender
 
Cymbeline
A discourse whether a noble man by birth or a gentleman by desert is greater in nobilitie 
Proclamation by the Queen (men's and women's apparel)
Th' overthrow of stage-playes
The court of good counsell
 
Hamlet
A Choice of Emblemes
A Murmurer
A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World
A Treatise Against Painting and Tincturing of Men and Women
Anatomy of Melancholy: Causes
Counsel to the Husband: To the Wife Instruction
Daemonologie
Essayes and counsels, civil and moral: Of Revenge
First Folio (Mr. William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories & Tragedies)
Hamlet Memorial Book/Lark Taylor Prompt Book
Happy Endings
Lifes Preservative Against Self-Killing
Prima & ultima: Life's Lease — Isaac Ambrose sermons
Remaines, concerning Britaine
Songes and Sonnets: The aged lover renounceth love
Spare-houres of meditations upon our duty to God, others, our selves
The Cry and Revenge of Blood
The English secretorie
The Historie of foure-footed beastes
The Mysteries of Love & Eloquence
The Office of Christian Parents
The Schoole of Vertue
The World is ruled & governed by opinion
Ward and Danseker two notorious pyrates
 
Henry IV, Part 1
His president for the starres
Philocothonista, or, The drunkard, opened, dissected, and anatomized
The obedience of a Christen man, and how Christen rulers ought to gouerne
 
Henry V
The courtyer of Count Baldessar Castilio
 
Henry VI, Part 1
An olde mans lesson and a young mans love
 
Julius Caesar
 Garden of Eloquence
A bride-bush, or A wedding sermon
A Curtaine Lecture
Basilikon Doron or, Majesties instructions to his Dearest Sonne, Henry the Prince
Bible and Holy Scriptures: The Geneva Bible
Lives of the noble Grecians and Romanes (Plutarch's Lives)
The Arte of Rhetorique
The courtyer of Count Baldessar Castilio
Treatise of Specters...
 
King Lear
A Murmurer
A Work worth the Reading
An olde mans lesson and a young mans love
Foole Upon Foole
King Lear
Of domesticall duties
 
Love's Labor's Lost
The Office of Christian Parents
 
Macbeth
 Generall historie of Virginia
A bride-bush, or A wedding sermon
Basilikon Doron or, Majesties instructions to his Dearest Sonne, Henry the Prince
Bible and Holy Scriptures: The Geneva Bible
Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland, (Holinshed's Chronicles)
Crown Conjugall
Daemonologie
Daemonologie, in the forme of a dialogue, divided into three books
Dodecahedron of Fortune
Epicurus's Morals
Essayes and counsels, civil and moral: Of Revenge
Philocothonista, or, The drunkard, opened, dissected, and anatomized
Prima & ultima: Life's Lease — Isaac Ambrose sermons
The court of good counsell
The lavves resolutions of womens rights 
The Lawes and actes of parliament (1599)
The Optike Glasse of Humours
Treatise of Specters...
Womans doctour
 
Measure for Measure
The very beggars petition against popery
 
The Merchant of Venice
A Curtaine Lecture
A Discourse, of marriage and wiving
A geographical historie of Africa
A preparatiue to mariage
A verie godly, learned, and fruitfull sermon against the bad spirits of malignitie, malice, and vnmercifulnesse
An account of the behaviour, confession and last dying speech of Sir John johnson
An olde mans lesson and a young mans love
Certaine secrete wonders of nature
Concerninge the Situation of the world
Essayes and counsels, civil and moral: Of Revenge
Hymnes of Astraea in acrosticke verse
Jewish hypocrisie,  a caveat to the present generation
Proclamation by the Queen (men's and women's apparel)
Th' overthrow of stage-playes
The death of vsury
The English gentlewoman
The Historie of foure-footed beastes
The lavves resolutions of womens rights 
The Office of Christian Parents
The Principles of Musik In Singing and Setting 
The shepheards calender
 
The Merry Wives of Windsor
Philocothonista, or, The drunkard, opened, dissected, and anatomized
Proclamation by the Queen (men's and women's apparel)
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Discourse, of marriage and wiving
A Garden of Flowers
A plaine and easie introduction to practicall musicke
A Work worth the Reading
An olde mans lesson and a young mans love
First Folio (Mr. William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories & Tragedies)
Metamorphosis 
Of domesticall duties
Passions of the Minde
The Mysteries of Love & Eloquence
The Office of Christian Parents
 
Much Ado About Nothing
A Curtaine Lecture
Ester hath hang'd Haman: or an answere to a lewd pamphlet
The very beggars petition against popery
 
Othello
A Curtaine Lecture
A geographical historie of Africa
A Work worth the Reading
Concerninge the Situation of the world
De Gli Habiti Antichi, et Moderni: Renaissance Costume Book
Essayes and counsels, civil and moral: Of Revenge
Ester hath hang'd Haman: or an answere to a lewd pamphlet
Of domesticall duties
Prima & ultima: Life's Lease — Isaac Ambrose sermons
Relatione del reame di Congo [A report of the kingdome of Congo]
The Araignment of Lewd, Idle, Froward, and unconstant Women
The Drunkard's Character
The Good and the Badde
The Schoole of Vertue
 
Pericles
Proclamation by the Queen (men's and women's apparel)
 
Richard II
The courtyer of Count Baldessar Castilio
The obedience of a Christen man, and how Christen rulers ought to gouerne
 
Romeo and Juliet
A briefe and most easie introduction to the astrologicall iudgement of the starres
A Curtaine Lecture
A plaine and easie introduction to practicall musicke
A verie godly, learned, and fruitfull sermon against the bad spirits of malignitie, malice, and vnmercifulnesse
A Work worth the Reading
An account of the behaviour, confession and last dying speech of Sir John johnson
Clavis Medicinae
Constitutions and Canons (1604)
Essayes and counsels, civil and moral: Of Revenge
His president for the starres
Metamorphosis 
Of domesticall duties
The Historie of foure-footed beastes
The lavves resolutions of womens rights 
The Mysteries of Love & Eloquence
The Office of Christian Parents
The Optike Glasse of Humours
The pleasures of matrimony 
The shepheards calender
The very beggars petition against popery
The young-mans warning-peece
 
Taming of the Shrew
Of domesticall duties
The Foure Complexions
The Good and the Badde
The Historie of foure-footed beastes
The lavves resolutions of womens rights 
The Optike Glasse of Humours
The Principles of Musik In Singing and Setting 
 
The Tempest
 A briefe and true report of the new found land of Virginia
 Generall historie of Virginia
A discourse of the severall kinds and causes of lightnings
Certaine secrete wonders of nature
Discoverie of the large, rich, and bevvtiful empire of Guiana..
English dictionarie: or, An interpreter of hard English words.
Essayes or counsels, ciuill and morall
God be Thanked
King James his judgement of a king and of a tyrant.
The Arte of Rhetorique
The courtyer of Count Baldessar Castilio
The Sea-Atlas or the Watter World
The Strachey Letter
Utrisque Cosmi majoris... (Great Chain of Being)
 
Timon of Athens
An olde mans lesson and a young mans love
 
Titus Andronicus
Concerninge the Situation of the world
Essayes and counsels, civil and moral: Of Revenge
 
Troilus and Cressida
An olde mans lesson and a young mans love
 
Twelfth Night
A Godly Forme of Householde Government
Bel-vedere or The Garden of Muses
Counsel to the Husband: To the Wife Instruction
Foole Upon Foole
Galateo... A treatise of the ma[n]ners and behauiours, it behoueth a man to vse and eschewe
Philocothonista, or, The drunkard, opened, dissected, and anatomized
Proclamation by the Queen (men's and women's apparel)
Proclamation by the Queen (vagabonds, rogues, idle persons and masterlesse men)
Th' overthrow of stage-playes
The Description of Giles Mompesson late knight censured by Parliament
The Drunkard's Character
The English gentlewoman
The Principles of Musik In Singing and Setting 
The World is ruled & governed by opinion
 
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Proclamation by the Queen (men's and women's apparel)
Th' overthrow of stage-playes
The English gentlewoman
 
The Winter's Tale
A Curtaine Lecture
A Shephard in a shade, his plaining made
A Work worth the Reading
Chirologia
Ester hath hang'd Haman: or an answere to a lewd pamphlet
Foole Upon Foole
Of domesticall duties
Proclamation by the Queen (men's and women's apparel)
The Araignment of Lewd, Idle, Froward, and unconstant Women
The Optike Glasse of Humours
 
Alphabetical Source Listing
  The artes of logike and rhetorike
 A briefe and true report of the new found land of Virginia
 Garden of Eloquence
 Generall historie of Virginia
A bride-bush, or A wedding sermon
A briefe and most easie introduction to the astrologicall iudgement of the starres
A Choice of Emblemes
A Curtaine Lecture
A discourse of the severall kinds and causes of lightnings
A discourse whether a noble man by birth or a gentleman by desert is greater in nobilitie 
A Discourse, of marriage and wiving
A Garden of Flowers
A geographical historie of Africa
A Godly Forme of Householde Government
A good wife Gods gift; and, a wife indeed
A Murmurer
A plaine and easie introduction to practicall musicke
A preparatiue to mariage
A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World
A Shephard in a shade, his plaining made
A supplication in contemption of side-tailes, and muzzled-faces
A Treatise Against Painting and Tincturing of Men and Women
A verie godly, learned, and fruitfull sermon against the bad spirits of malignitie, malice, and vnmercifulnesse
A Work worth the Reading
An account of the behaviour, confession and last dying speech of Sir John johnson
An olde mans lesson and a young mans love
Anatomy of Melancholy: Causes
Bel-vedere or The Garden of Muses
Bible and Holy Scriptures: The Geneva Bible
Certaine secrete wonders of nature
Chirologia
Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland, (Holinshed's Chronicles)
Clavis Medicinae
Concerninge the Situation of the world
Constitutions and Canons (1604)
Counsel to the Husband: To the Wife Instruction
Crown Conjugall
Daemonologie
Daemonologie, in the forme of a dialogue, divided into three books
De Gli Habiti Antichi, et Moderni: Renaissance Costume Book
Dodecahedron of Fortune
Essayes and counsels, civil and moral: Of Revenge
Essayes or counsels, ciuill and morall
Ester hath hang'd Haman: or an answere to a lewd pamphlet
Falshood in Friendship
First Folio (Mr. William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories & Tragedies)
Foole Upon Foole
Galateo... A treatise of the ma[n]ners and behauiours, it behoueth a man to vse and eschewe
God be Thanked
Hamlet Memorial Book/Lark Taylor Prompt Book
Happy Endings
His president for the starres
Hymnes of Astraea in acrosticke verse
Jewish hypocrisie,  a caveat to the present generation
King James his judgement of a king and of a tyrant.
King Lear
Lifes Preservative Against Self-Killing
Lives of the noble Grecians and Romanes (Plutarch's Lives)
Metamorphosis 
Of domesticall duties
Of domesticall duties
Passions of the Minde
Philocothonista, or, The drunkard, opened, dissected, and anatomized
Prima & ultima: Life's Lease — Isaac Ambrose sermons
Proclamation by the Queen (men's and women's apparel)
Proclamation by the Queen (vagabonds, rogues, idle persons and masterlesse men)
Relatione del reame di Congo [A report of the kingdome of Congo]
Remaines, concerning Britaine
Songes and Sonnets: The aged lover renounceth love
Spare-houres of meditations upon our duty to God, others, our selves
Th' overthrow of stage-playes
The Araignment of Lewd, Idle, Froward, and unconstant Women
The Compleat Gentleman
The court of good counsell
The courtyer of Count Baldessar Castilio
The Cry and Revenge of Blood
The death of vsury
The Description of Giles Mompesson late knight censured by Parliament
The Drunkard's Character
The English gentlewoman
The English secretorie
The Foure Complexions
The Good and the Badde
The Historie of foure-footed beastes
The lavves resolutions of womens rights 
The Lawes and actes of parliament (1599)
The Mysteries of Love & Eloquence
The obedience of a Christen man, and how Christen rulers ought to gouerne
The Office of Christian Parents
The Optike Glasse of Humours
The Principles of Musik In Singing and Setting 
The Schoole of Vertue
The Sea-Atlas or the Watter World
The shepheards calender
The very beggars petition against popery
The World is ruled & governed by opinion
The young-mans warning-peece
Treatise of Specters...
True arte of defence
Utrisque Cosmi majoris... (Great Chain of Being)
Ward and Danseker two notorious pyrates
Womans doctour
 
Masques
Essayes or counsels, ciuill and morall
 
Other Primary Sources
Discourse of ciuill life
 
Supernatural
Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland, (Holinshed's Chronicles)
Daemonologie, in the forme of a dialogue, divided into three books
Dodecahedron of Fortune
Treatise of Specters...
 


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