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Here you can search through the surviving records of drama, secular music, and other popular entertainment in England from the Middle Ages until 1642, when the Puritans closed the London theatres. New collections of records will be added to this growing resource. Please check back for updates.

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A Fête at Bermondsey, c 1570 (oil on panel), Gheeraerts, Marcus, the Elder (c 1520–90) / Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, UK / Bridgeman Images
Woodcut image of a bearbaiting from William Lily's Antibossicon, 1521 / Folger Shakespeare Library, Digital Image Collection
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Staffordshire
Staffordshire, edited by J. Alan B. Somerset, is REED's first collection of digital records and was uploaded March 2017. Berkshire, edited by Alexandra F. Johnston, will be uploaded in early 2018, followed by Hampshire, edited by Peter Greenfield and Jane Cowling, in 2019.
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