Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0115. Thursday, 16 February 1995.
Date: Thursday, 16 Feb 1995 11:56:55 -0500 (EST)
Subject: RET announcement
The first volume of Renaissance Electronic Texts (RET), a series of online
old-spelling, SGML-encoded editions of Renaissance books and manuscripts (with
introduction), transcriptions of basic texts, and supplementary studies, is now
available as a free resource from World Wide Web URL
RET 1 is "The Elizabethan Homilies 1623," ed. Ian Lancashire, Vers. 1
(University of Toronto, 1994). This includes SGML-encoded texts for two volumes
of state-authorized sermons, twelve originally published in 1547 and an
additional twenty-one published in 1563-71. The reading of these sermons was
commanded in English parish churches throughout the reigns of Edward VI and
then Elizabeth I. The two volumes had a pervasive influence on the
intellectual climate of the entire English Renaissance period.
Besides the text of the 1623 folio, the RET edition includes an introduction (a
brief history, authorship questions, editorial procedures, and bibliography)
and an appendix of encoding guidelines.
For further inquiries, contact the General Editor, Ian Lancashire, Department
of English, New College, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont. M5S 1A1, CANADA.