Renaissance Electronic Texts (RET)

Connect to Renaissance Electronic Texts (RET)

A series of old-spelling, SGML-encoded editions of early individual copies of English Renaissance books and manuscripts, and of plain transcriptions of such works, published on the World Wide Web as a free resource for students of the period.


  1. The Elizabethan Homilies 1623. Ed. Ian Lancashire. RET Editions 1.2. 1994, 1997.
  2. Edmund Coote. The English School-maister. Ed. Ian Lancashire, co-edited by Linda Hutjens, Brent Nelson, Robert Whalen, and Tanya Wood. RET Editions 2.1. 1997.
  3. SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS. Ed. Hardy M. Cook and Ian Lancashire. RET Editions 3.1. 1998.


  1. Robert Cawdrey. A Table Alphabetical of Hard Usual English Words. Ed. Raymond Siemens. RET 1.1. 1994.
  2. George Cavendish. The Life and Death of Cardinal Wolsey. Ed. Richard S. Sylvester. Early English Text Society No. 243 (London: Oxford University Press, 1959). Copytext: British Library Egerton 2402. Electronic transcription by Ian Lancashire, assisted by Robert Whalen. RET Texts 2.1.