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Step Into the Renaissance Through the Blogosphere: Top 10 Renaissance Blogs

Feb 08, 2011

From scholarly studies to exciting reenactments, the blogosphere has everything you need to be a modern Renaissance scholar. Check out these blogs on early modern literature, science, arts and culture.

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1. Labyrinth of Nature

This blog by professor William Eamon explores the history of Renaissance science, a topic on which the author has published extensively.

2. Renaissance Lit

This blog explores current scholarship, conferences and publications on 'early modern' literature and culture.

3. Behind the Burlap

If your love of the Renaissance and medieval history extends to live reenactment, then don't miss Behind the Burlap. This blog features all the news from both on and off stage at Renaissance fairs, Celtic events, pirate festivals and more.

4. Living History

This blogger spends much of her time reenacting long past historical eras, with a special focus on the Bavarian regions during the Renaissance. Her blog chronicles her experiences in reenactment as well as her reflections on the role of history in modern culture.

5. Heaven Astrolabe

Astrology played a major role in the ancients' understanding of the world. In Heaven Astrolabe, an Italian scholar on Renaissance villas (who writes in English) blogs about Medieval and Renaissance astrological beliefs and traditions.

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6. Textual Studies

If you're a student, or just looking for something a little more scholarly, head over to Textual Studies. This blog tracks publications, research initiatives, conferences, funding opportunities and other 'major happenings' in the studies of texts from 1500-1800.

7. Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Centraal

If you have a special interest in Holland and the Dutch Renaissance, then look no further than this blog. Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Centraal (written in English in spite of the Dutch title) focuses on science in Holland's 'Golden Age' - the 17th century - which is the climax of what is commonly understood to be the European Renaissance era.

8. View from the Bow

This British blogger explores historical art and culture, primarily from the Renaissance era. His posts include music, painting, opera, theater and reviews of contemporary exhibitions on all of those themes.

9. Early Modern Notes

Early Modern Notes is written by British Historian Sharon Howard, who offers info and resources on the Renaissance and early modern culture.

10. Ponte Commedia

This blog by author, journalist and sometime forklift driver Roy Scarbrough posits itself as 'a travel blog to other destinations' - destinations in the past or present that focus on Renaissance art, history and culture. Scarbrough blogs about Renaissance references in books, Renaissance 'slams' (think poetry slams), Renaissance manuscripts and his own experiences as a history-lover traveling abroad.

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