Explore the lives of Shakespeare and key Renaissance writers.

Portrait of John Donne, c. 1595

John Donne

1572 - 1631


Portrait of Ben Jonson, c. 1617

Ben Jonson

1572 - 1637

Playwright, Poet

Painting of a young man, perhaps Christopher Marlowe, 1585

Christopher Marlowe

1564 - 1593

Playwright, Poet, Spy [probable]

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

1564 - 1616


written by John Webster

John Webster

1578 - 1630


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Shakespeare in Ten Acts

Shakespeare in Ten Acts (paperback)

Ten leading experts take a fresh look at Shakespeare


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Pictures and quotations to celebrate the life and works of 'the bard'


Shakespeare Star Wars

William Shakespeare's Star Wars

George Lucas's Star Wars retold in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon