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Research Links

The Internet contains a wealth of information, but sometimes it's a little tricky to find what you need. Whether you are researching a specific topic, completing an assigned activity, or simply trying to learn more about the world around you, your search can begin sooner than you think!

By using the preselected Web sites provided below you will be able to narrow your search, answer assigned questions, and save precious time. Simply follow the links to find valuable research materials and activity support. There's a lot of information in here, happy hunting!

Section 1: Italy: Birthplace of the Renaissance

The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy http://www.idbsu.edu/ courses/ hy309/ docs/ burckhardt/ burckhardt.html
The text of a nineteenth century study of the Renaissance. Lots of information on all aspects of Renaissance life and culture in Italy.

Florence and Tuscany http://galileo.rice.edu/ gal/ florence.html
A well-done, illustrated site with brief articles on aspects of Renaissance life, including daily life, music, architecture, and the church.

Michelangelo http://www.kfki.hu/ ~arthp/ html/ m/michelan/ index.html
Part of one of the best art sites on the web, this Michelangelo page not only offers an excellent hypertext biography of the artist, but a great many images of his work.

Leonardo Home Page http://www.mos.org/ sln/ Leonardo/ LeoHomePage.html
This superb page devoted to da Vinci and his work has interactive exhibits to help explain his painting techniques and perspectives, as well as other creative exhibits.

Vinci: Leonardo's Hometown http://www.leonet.it/ comuni/ vinci/
At this well-designed site you can take a virtual tour of da Vinci's hometown, read about his life, and visit other virtual exhibits at the Leonardo museum.

Section 2: The Northern Renaissance

The Collected Works of Shakespeare http://www.it.usyd.edu.au/ ~matty/ Shakespeare/
Comprehensive collection of all of Shakespeare's work at one site (the Moby Shakespeare), complete with its own search engine.

Albrecht Dürer http://www.ibiblio.org/ wm/ paint/ auth/ durer/
Biography of Northern Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer, including links to many of his greatest works.

Section 3: Luther Starts the Reformation

Catholic Encyclopedia: The Reformation http://www.newadvent.org/ cathen/ 12700b.htm
Here is an extensive history of the Reformation, with links to more articles on related topics, including Martin Luther and Henry VIII.

The 95 Theses of Martin Luther http://home.cvc.org/ 95.htm
The text of the 95 theses Luther posted on the door in Wittenberg, which can be seen here in English, German, and Latin.

Elizabeth I http://www.britannia.com/ history/ monarchs/ mon45.html
Biography of Elizabeth with links to related information.

Henry VIII http://www.britannia.com/ history/ monarchs/ mon41.html
Biography of Henry VIII, which mentions his relationship to Luther and the Reformation, and has links to more information.

Reformation http://www.mun.ca/ rels/ hrollmann/ reform/ reform.html
Text of documents from the Reformation, including works by Luther, Calvin, and Philip Melanchthon.

Section 4: The Reformation Continues

Life of John Calvin http://www.wsu.edu/ ~dee/ REFORM/ CALVIN.HTM
A detailed, text-only biography of John Calvin.

Life of St. Ignatius http://www.luc.edu/ jesuit/ ignatius.bio.html
A biography of Ignatius of Loyola, with links to more information on the Jesuits and their history.

Hall of Church History—The Anabaptists http://www.gty.org/ ~phil/ anabapt.htm
A brief history of the Anabaptists and their beliefs.

Calvin, John (1509–1564) http://www.ccel.org/ c/calvin/
The text of many of Calvin's works can be found here, along with a portrait and other works written about him.