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Digital Resources

British Library Treasures in Full

253 digitised festival books, in full or excerpted, annotated and introduced, are available on the British Library’s website.

Principal investigators: J.R. Mulryne and Margaret Shewring (University of Warwick) and, for the British Library, Kristian Jensen.

Research Fellows: Sarah Cusk and Alexander Samson.

Funded by a grant from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Board/Council.

Enter ‘Renaissance Festival Books’ in your browser. This will take you to the British Library site.

Early Modern Festivals Books Database

This database presents more than 3000 festival books published between 1500 and 1800 in 12 languages.

It is an expanded and fully revised version of the bibliographical and historical handbook by Helen Watanabe-O’Kelly and Anne Simon, Festivals and Ceremonies. A Bibliography of Works Relating to Court, Civic and Religious Festivals in Europe 1500--1800 (London: Continuum, 2000).

During 2011, a grant from the Oxford University Press/John Fell Fund at Oxford University enabled the material in the book to be turned into a fully searchable database. The database provides links to digitized versions of the festival books wherever such a version exists.

Principal Investigator: Helen Watanabe-O’Kelly. Research assistant: Madelaine Brook. Database Consultant: Andrew Slater. http://festivals.mml.ox.ac.uk