Resources for the Elizabethan Era



NorCal Renaissance Institute: http://www.norcalreninstitute.org

Everything about the Elizabethan world: http://elizabethan.org/compendium/home.html (see especially the section on education)


You Tube

Shakespeare in the Classroom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfHVVodICrE

Elizabeth’s Reign (3 parts): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV2GKPtnlTo

The Queen’s speech at Tilbury: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbjj9Nmn6ZU

How did Elizabethan English sound?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPlpphT7n9s


Queen Elizabeth - Books

Younger students:

  Life in Tudor Times Series, “Country Life” by Jane Shuter

  Life in Tudor Times Series, “Life in a Tudor Town” by Jane Shuter

  If You Were Me and Lived in Elizabethan England by Melissa Wuske

  Elizabeth I, The People’s Queen, Her Life & Times w/ 21 Activities by Kerrie Logan Holihan

Older students:

  The Time Traveler’s Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian Mortimer

  Elizabethan England by Russell Roberts

  What was Life Like in the Realm of Elizabeth? by Time-Life Books

  Good Queen Bess by  Diane Stanley

The Lady Elizabeth by Allison Weir (high school)


Queen Elizabeth - Movies

“Elizabeth” starring Cate Blanchett (1998)

“The Virgin Queen” with Anne-Marie Duff (2005)


Renaissance Faires  (see the list on  http://www.therenlist.com/fairs)


Faires are found all over California from spring to fall. Some of the most notable:

Renaissance Pleasure Faire, Southern California (Irwindale)  April -May

Valhalla Renaissance Faire (South Lake Tahoe)  June  https://www.valhallafaire.com

Central Coast Renaissance Faire (San Luis Obispo)  July  http://ccrenfaire.com

San Jose Renaissance Faire  August  https://www.sanjosefaire.com

Northern California Renaissance Faire (Gilroy)  Sept. - Oct.  http://www.norcalrenfaire.com

Folsom Renaissance Faire  (near Sacramento)  Sept.  https://www.folsomfaire.com



Prepared by Steve Johnson, Education Co-ordinator  NorCal Renaissance Institute