Navigating the Early Modern Era in Special Collections

What do Shakespeare, Thomas Hobbes, and Galileo have in common? All three were among the most prominent figures of the Early Modern era, a time period lasting roughly from 1500 to 1700. The Early Modern era was a time of political and religious upheaval.  Catholics and Protestants battled with one another for power, and both France and England experienced bloody civil wars.  It was also a time of innovation.  Advancements in science and technology changed how people saw the world and writers such as Shakespeare contributed the period’s developing literary culture.

To learn more works printed in this era, check out our new subject guide – Early Modern Works in Special Collections!

This guide directs researchers to some of the highlights of Early Modern works available in in Special Collection and University Archives in Hornbake Library. Items include works by Shakespeare and other literary figure of the time, as well as historical, religious, philosophical, and scientific texts.

If you have questions or want to explore more of our Early Modern holdings contact us!

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