by George J. Dance


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Luminarium is an online anthology of English literature from the Middle Ages through the 18th century.[1]

History Edit

Luminarium was begun in 1996 by Anniina Jokinen. In the early 1990s, Jokinen began searching the web and compiling lists of links on Middle English, Renaissance, and 17th century literature, which by 1996 had grown to multi-page sites. Luminarium was founded as a site to integrate this information. Jokinen chose the name "Luminarium" (Latin for "lantern") because, she says, "I wanted I wanted the site to be a beacon of light in the darkness. It was also befitting for a site containing authors considered "luminaries" of English literature."[2]

Luminarium is not affiliated with or sponsored by any institution or organization. The site is funded through donations, book sales, and advertising.[2]

Authors and subjectsEdit

Middle Ages Edit

An Anthology of MIddle English Literature (1350-1485):

Renaissance Edit

16th Century Renaissance English Literature (1485-1603):

17th centuryEdit

Early 17th Century (1603-1660):

18th centuryEdit

Restoration and 18th century (1660-1785):

Luminarium EncyclopediaEdit

The Luminarium Encyclopedia is an online encyclopedia of medieval and Renaissance England. It was begun in 2001 "to provide historical context for the people, places, and events featured in Luminarium."[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. Luminarium: Anthology of English Literature,", Web, Nov. 25, 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "A Letter from the Editor,", Web, Nov. 25, 2011.
  3. "Luminarium Encyclopedia,", Web, Nov. 25, 2011.

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