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The Renaissance

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Below are the titles of Renaissance texts that Annotated has produced editions on or is in the process of editing, along with suggested resources for each of those texts. We prioritize the production of our editions according to the texts most commonly used in middle school, high school, and college classrooms as well as those for which we receive sponsorship and frequent requests.


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Featured Edition

The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck


Alighieri, Dante (1265-1321).

The Divine Comedy (~1308-1320) by Dante Alighieri

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Petrarch, Francesco (1304-1374). Selected Writings

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Boccaccio, Giovanni (1313-1375). The Decameron (1353)

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Anonymous. The Mabinogion (14th century)

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Anonymous. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (14th Cent.)

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Chaucer, Geoffrey (~1340-1400).

The Canterbury Tales (~1387-1400) by Geoffrey Chaucer

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de Pizan, Christine (1364-1430). The City of Ladies (1405)

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Kempe, Margery (1373-1438). Selected Writings

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van Eyck, Jan (1395-1441). The Arnolfini Portrait (1434)

Annotated™ Edition: The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck

Erasmus, Desiderus (~1466-1536). Selected Writings

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Machiavelli, Niccolò (1469-1527). Selected Writings

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More, Thomas (1478-1535). Utopia (1516)

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Castiglione, Baldesar (1478-1529).

The Book of the Courtier (1528) by Baldesar Castiglione

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de Navarre, Marguerite (1492-1549). Heptaméron (1558)

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Rabelais, Francois (~1494-1553). Selected Writings

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de Montaigne, Michel (1533-1592). Selected Writings

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Greene, Robert (1558-1592).

Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay (~1589) by Robert Greene

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Lyly, John (~1553-1606). Endymion (~1588)

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Dekker, Thomas (~1572-1632).

The Shoemaker's Holiday (1599) by Thomas Dekker

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Kyd, Thomas (1558-1594). The Spanish Tragedy (~1587)

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Anonymous, Arden of Faversham (1592)

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Bacon, Francis (1561-1626). Selected Writings 

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Marlowe, Christopher (1564-1593).

Tamburlaine, Parts I/II (~1587) by Christopher Marlowe

The Jew of Malta (~1589) by Christopher Marlowe
Doctor Faustus (~1589) by Christopher Marlowe
Edward II (~1592) by Christopher Marlowe
Selected Poetry by Christopher Marlowe

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Shakespeare, William (1564-1616).

Henry VI, Parts I, II, III (~1591) by William Shakespeare

Richard III (~1593) by William Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night's Dream (~1595) by Shakespeare
King John (~1595) by William Shakespeare
Richard II (~1595) by William Shakespeare
Henry IV, Parts I/II (~1596) by William Shakespeare
The Merchant of Venice (~1596) by William Shakespeare
Romeo and Juliet (1597) by William Shakespeare
Much Ado About Nothing (~1598) by William Shakespeare
Henry V (~1599) by William Shakespeare
Julius Caesar (~1599) by William Shakespeare
Hamlet (~1600) by William Shakespeare
Twelfth Night (~1601) by William Shakespeare
Othello (1603) by William Shakespeare
King Lear (~1605) by William Shakespeare
Macbeth (1606) by William Shakespeare
Antony and Cleopatra (1607) by William Shakespeare

Sonnets (1609) by William Shakespeare
The Tempest (~1610) by William Shakespeare

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