Recommended Reading

A list of a few useful and interesting books from my bookshelf. I’ll add to it as time goes on. I’ve tried to restrict it to books which the general reader might enjoy, rather than dry and weighty academic texts.

Ackroyd, Peter, London: The Biography, Vintage (2001)
Armstrong, Jane, The Arden Shakespeare Miscellany, Methuen Drama (2011)
Cockayne, Emily, Hubbub: Filth, Noise & Stench in England, Yale (2007)
Cook, Judith, Roaring Boys: Shakespeare’s Rat Pack, Sutton (2006)
Crystal, David; Crystal, Ben, Eds., Shakespeare’s Words: A Glossary & Language Companion, Penguin (2002)
Donne, John, in The Metaphysical Poets, ed., Gardiner, Helen, Penguin (1972)
Duncan-Jones, Katherine, Shakespeare’s Sonnets, The Arden Shakespeare, Thompson (2004)
Edwards, John, Inquisition, Tempus (2003)
Greenblatt, Stephen, Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare, Pimlico (2005)
Greer, Germaine, Shakespeare’s Wife, Bloomsbury (2007)
Gurr, Andrew, The Shakespeare Company 1594-1642, CUP (2004)
Guy, John, My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots, Harper Perennial (2004)
Hadfield, Andrew, Shakespeare and Renaissance Politics, Arden Critical Companions, Thomson Learning, (2004); Shakespeare and Renaissance Europe, Arden Critical Companions, Thomson Learning, (2005); Literature, Travel and Colonial Writing in the English Renaissance 1545-1625, OUP (2007); Shakespeare and Republicanism, CUP (2008)
Haynes, Alan, Sex in Elizabethan England, Sutton (2007)
Jardine, Lisa, The Awful End of Prince William the Silent, Harper Collins (2005)
Kamen, Henry, Early Modern European Society, Routledge (2000)
Kermode, Frank, The Age of Shakespeare, Weidenfeld & Nicolson (2004)
Lemon, Rebecca, Treason By Words: Literature, Law & Rebellion in Shakespeare’s England, Cornell University Press (2006)
MacCulloch, Diarmaid, Reformation: Europe’s House Divided 1490-1700, Penguin (2004)
Maxwell-Stuart, P.G., Witch Hunters: Professional Prickers, Unwitchers & Witch Finders of the Renaissance, Tempus (2003)
Mendleson, Sarah; Crawford, Patricia, Women in Early Modern England, OUP (1998)
Nicholson, Adam, Power and Glory: Jacobean England & The Making of the King James Bible, Harper Perennial (2003)
Nicholl, Charles, The Lodger: Shakespeare on Silver Street, Penguin (2008)
Picard, Liza, Restoration London: Everyday Life in London 1660-1670, Phoenix (1997); Elizabeth’s London: Everyday Life in Elizabethan London, Phoenix (2003)
Plowden, Alison, Two Queens in One Isle, Sutton (1999)
Scot, Reginald, The Discoverie of Witchcraft, (first published 1584), Dover (1972)
Sharpe, James, Remember Remember the Fifth of November: Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot, Profile Books (2006); Witchcraft in Early Modern England, Pearson (2001)
Shapiro, James, 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, Faber (2005)
Starkey, David, Elizabeth, Vintage Books (2000); Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII, Vintage Books (2003)
Stewart, Alan, The Cradle King: A Life of James I, Pimlico (2004)
Stowe, John, A Survey of London written in the year 1598, The History Press (2005)
Tames, Richard, Shakespeare’s London on Five Groats a Day, Thames & Hudson (2009)
Tinniswood, Adrian, Pirates of Barbary, Jonathan Cape (2010); By Permission of Heaven: The Story of the Great Fire of London, Pimlico (2004).
Travers, James, Gunpowder: The Players behind the Plot, National Archives (2005)
Vasari, Lives of the Artists, Penguin Classics (1965)
Wells, Stanley, Shakespeare & Co, Penguin (2006); Shakespeare Sex and Love, OUP (2010); with Edmundson, Paul, Shakespeare’s Sonnets, OUP (2004)
Wormald, Jenny, Mary Queen of Scots: Politics, Passion and a Kingdom Lost, Tauris Park (2001)

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