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  • Broadside ballad in 'Praise of Nothing'

    Broadside ballad, Ephemera, Woodcut, Illustration

    This 17th-century ballad called ‘The Praise of Nothing’ takes on the paradoxical task of making something out of nothing...

  • Broadside ballad on the Cruel Shrew

    Broadside ballad, Ephemera, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    The cruel ‘shrew’, as depicted in this ballad, was a sexist stereotype in 16th- and 17th-century England. At that time, ...

  • Friendship album of Gervasius Fabricius zu Kleshei...

    Friendship album, Book, Quarto, Manuscript, Illustration, Image Created date: 1595–1637

    These are illustrations from the friendship album of the student Gervasius Fabricius zu Klesheim of Salzburg, and others...

  • Portrait of Richard Burbage

    Painting, Image Created date: early 17th century

    This is the only known portrait of Richard Burbage (1568–1619), the leading actor in the Lord Chamberlain’s Company, and...

  • Scold's bridle

    Object Created date: c. 1550–1800

    This instrument is a scold’s bridle or ‘branks’ used to hurt and humiliate women whose speech or behaviour was thought t...

  • View of Venice in Civitates Orbis Terrarum

    Map, View, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    This is a beautifully hand-coloured view of 16th-century Venice – the setting for two of Shakespeare’s plays, The Mercha...

  • View of Verona in Civitates Orbis Terrarum

    Map, View, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    This image shows a bird’s-eye view of the city of Verona, in what is now Northern Italy. It illustrates some of the hist...

  • Views of Wittenberg and Elsinore in Civitates Orbi...

    Map, View, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    These beautifully hand-coloured views show key locations in Hamlet – one bird’s-eye view of the German university city o...