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Italian Renaissance History Pathfinder


The New Century Italian Renaissance Encyclopedia. (Ref. DG 537.8 .A1 N48)

A Concise Encyclopaedia of the Italian Renaissance. (Ref. DG 445 .C66)

Europe, 1450-1789. (Ref. D 209 .E97 2004) This is a 6-volume set; a good place to explore a topic.

The Italian Renaissance State

Encyclopedia of the Renaissance. (Ref. CB 361 .E52 1999) This six-volume set is THE place to begin your research. The entries are comprehensive, written by scholars and contain bibliographies.


The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance. (Ref. CB 361 .C27 2003)

Dictionary of the Renaissance. (Ref. CB 361 .S45)

Encyclopedia of the Renaissance. (Ref. CB 361 .B43 1987)

Thames & Hudson Dictionary of the Italian Renaissance

Internet Sources

Gateways and Directories

The Renaissance - This is a good place to start; its scope includes timelines, comprehensive sites, the scientific revolution, humanism and more.

Renaissance History Gateway - There are some good sites here on art and architecture, science, literature, digital libraries, exhibits, and da Vinci.

Italian History Index: Renaissance and Modern Italian History - This site is a mélange of bibliographies, texts, essays. Some are in Italian. However, note the topical features such as biography, demography, and women--to name but a few. Again, many sites are in Italian.

Wess Medieval and Rennaissance Web This is an important source;includes organizations,,texts,journals,images.


Web Museum: La Renaissance: Italy - This is an essay that describes the Renaissance. There are several links in it.

The Medici Family

H-Italy - Good for discussions and book reviews.


Online Texts

Petrarch’s Familiar Letters

Medieval & Renaissance Europe: Primary Historical Documents

The Civilization of the Italian Renaissance by Burckhardt

Internet Archive of Texts and Documents Italian Renaissance

Be sure to look at the Gateways for other online texts.

Electronic Journals

Renaissance Forum

Maps and Atlases

Historical Maps of Europe

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