This book provides a clear introduction to the English Renaissance literary era and texts. It provides a clear and accessible overview of the texts, contexts and criticism of Renaissance literature. It is alphabetically arranged and fully cross-referenced for ease of use. It includes a chronology and suggestions for further reading to aid learning and understanding. It does not rely on commonplace or over-used examples.This volume provides readers with a clear introduction to English Renaissance literary texts. Concise but detailed entries are alphabetically arranged, providing a coherent overview of central issues in the study of writings of the Renaissance era. Cross-referencing and suggestions for further reading indicate connections between topics.