The Life and Times of William Shakespeare
This book is a A must have for anyone doing serious Shakespeare research. Ms. Hummel has compiled fascinating, highly detailed information from primary sources. It's a beautiful publication full of colorful photos, illustrations and maps. The appendix contains a handy year by year chronological outline that helps me track important events. The information is presented in context with the politics of the Elizabethan period and Ms. Hummel's conclusions are well supported and surprising. I couldn't put it down! Published by Chaucer Press in 2007. Author: Hildegard Hammerschmidt-Hummel.
Complete Works by Delphi Classics
This Delphi Classics version has drawn me back over and over as I research the Elizabethan period. I have it as a kindle edition, which allows me to verify authenticity of words I may use in my writing. I put in a search and can discover how many times that word is used in Shakespeare's work along with example phrases. I love it!
This collection includes Sheakspeare's "Lost Plays" like Love's Labour's Won, Cardenio, and Double Falsehood," "The Apocryphal Plays" and critical essays from Samuel Johnson, Leo Tolstoy, Victor Hugo, and George Bernard Shaw among others. The book ends with Shakespeare's Last Will and Testament and a Glossary of Elizabethan Language. The kindle edition is reasonably formatted for electronic searches and the table of contents works very well. This book was published in 2011.
ELIZABETHAN DAILY LIFE
Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in Renaissance England by Kathy Lynn Emerson
Sometimes the older books are the best. "Writer's Guide..." was first published in 1996 by Writer's Digest Books in Cincinnati Ohio. The great thing about online book buying is that now I have access to many books a brick and mortar bookstore couldn't stock. I wish I'd had this reference earlier. It is well organized and is packed with detailed information on all aspects of Renaissance England. I've been researching this period for years and still find much I didn't know. It also clarifies some of the things I've found difficult to research. For example, there's an excellent list of alternative cosmetics to ceruse, which I found very interesting. This is an excellent addition to my research library!