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The Renaissance

The Renaissance: the ‘rebirth’ of literature, art, and learning that progressively transformed European culture from the mid‐14th century in Italy to the mid‐17th century in England, strongly influenced by the rediscovery of classical Greek and Latin literature, and accelerated by the development of printing. The Renaissance is commonly held to mark the close of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the modern Western world.  Oxford Reference Online Database

Important Resources


This collection includes sources such as dictionaries, encyclopedias and directories to help find brief explanations and general information about terms and concepts related to the Renaissance.


History and Biography (Reference, 2nd floor)

  • Blackwell Companion to the Worlds of the Renaissance CB367 .C65 2002
  • Chronology of the Expanding World, 1492-1762 D209 .W59 1994
  • Women in World History HQ1115 .W6 1999
  • Encyclopedia of the Renaissance CB361 .E52 1999
  • Europe: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World, 1450-1789 D209 .E97 2004

Religion and Philosophy (Reference, 2nd floor) 

  • New Catholic Encyclopedia BX841 .N44 2003
  • New Dictionary of the History of Ideas CB9 .N49 2005
  • Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy B51 .R68 1998
  • Encyclopedia of Protestantism BX4811.3 .E53 2004

Literature and the Arts (Reference, 2nd floor)

  • Oxford Guide to Classical Mythology in the Arts, 1300-1900 NX650 .M9R45
  • Greenwood Encyclopedia of Clothing through World History GT507 .G74 2008
  •  New Oxford History of Music: Ars Nova and the Renaissance ML160 .N44
  • Signs and Symbols in Christian Art AZ108 .F37
  • German Writers of the Renaissance and Reformation PT241 .G47 1997

 Online Reference Sources for the Renaissance

Online Scholarly Journals

Little Known But Extremely Useful: The Iter Database

Iter, meaning a journey or a path in Latin, is a database dedicated to the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700 CE).  Iter indexes articles, books, conference papers, and essays. Written in a variety of languages, these materials are from over 1,500 international scholarly sources published since 1784. Subjects include history, literature, music, art, sociology, philosophy, and politics.  Iter is available on McDermott Library's database page.



Subject Guide

Jay McAllister
Eugene McDermott Library

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