Further Reading: Primary Sources

For related works, see the Renaissance Dance Manuals chronology and the Dance in the Renaissance bibliography.


Anon. A Treatise of daunses wherin it is shewed, that they are as it were accessories and dependants (or thinges annexed) to whoredome, where also by the way is touched and proued, that playes are ioyned and knit togeather in a rancke or rowe with them. London, 1581.

Arbeau, Thoinot. Orchesography. Orchésographie, 1589. Translated by Mary S. Evans and edited by Julia Sutton. New York: Dover, 1967.

Caroso, Fabritio. Courtly Dance of the Renaissance: A New Translation and Edition of the “Nobiltà di Dame” (1600). Edited and translated by Julia Sutton. New York: Dover Publications, 1986, 1995.

Castiglione, Baldesar. The courtyer of Count Baldessar Castilio diuided into foure bookes. Very necessary and profitable for yonge gentilmen and gentilwomen abiding in court, palaice or place. Translated by Sir Thomas Hoby. London, 1561.

Compasso, Lutio. Ballo della Gagliarda. 1560. Edited by Barbara Sparti. Freiburg: fa-gisis, 1995.

Cotgrave, Randle, comp. A dictionarie of the French and English tongues. London, 1611.

Davies, Sir John. Orchestra or A poeme of dauncing Iudicially proouing the true obseruation of time and measure, in the authenticall and laudable vse of dauncing. London, 1596.

Elyot, Sir Thomas. The boke named the gouernour. London, 1531, 1537.

Fetherston, Christopher. A dialogue agaynst light, lewde, and lascivious dauncing. London, 1582.

Gosson, Stephen. The schoole of abuse conteining a plesaunt inuectiue against poets, pipers, plaiers, iesters, and such like caterpillers of a co[m]monwelth. London, 1579.

Kemp, William. Kemps nine daies wonder, performed in a daunce from London to Norwich Containing the pleasure, paines and kinde entertainment of William Kemp betweene London and that citty in his late morrice. London, 1600.

Kendall, G. Yvonne. “Le Gratie d’Amore 1602 by Cesare Negri: Translation and Commentary.” PhD diss., Stanford University, 1985.

Lauze, François de. Apologie de la Danse by F. De Lauze 1623: A Treatise of Instruction in Dancing and Deportment. Edited and translated by Joan Wildeblood. London: Frederick Muller, 1952.

Lowin, John. Brief conclusions of dancers and dancing. London, 1609.

_____. Conclusions vpon dances, both of this age, and of the olde. Newly composed and set forth, by an out-landish doctor. London, 1607.

Montagut, Barthélemy de. Louange de la Danse. 1619. Edited by Barbara Ravelhofer. Cambridge, UK: RTM Publications, 2000.

Negri, Cesare. Le Gratie d’Amore. Milan, 1602.

Nevile, Jennifer. Footprints of the Dance: An Early Seventeenth-Century Dance Master’s Notebook. Leiden: Brill, 2018.

Northbrooke, John. Spiritus est vicarius Christi in terra. A treatise wherein dicing, dauncing, vaine playes or enterluds with other idle pastimes [et]c. commonly vsed on the Sabboth day, are reproued by the authoritie of the word of God and auntient writers. Made dialoguewise by Iohn Northbrooke minister and preacher of the word of God. London, 1577.

Playford, John. The English Dancing Master: or, Plaine and easie Rules for the Dancing of Country Dances, with the Tune to each Dance. 1651. Edited by Hugh Mellor and Leslie Bridgewater. London: Dance Books Ltd., 1933, 1984.

Prynne, William. Histrio-mastix. The players scourge, or, actors tragædie, divided into two parts. London, 1632.

Rainolds, John. Th’overthrow of stage-playes, by the way of controversie betwixt D. Gager and D. Rainoldes wherein all the reasons that can be made for them are notably refuted; th’objections aunswered, and the case so cleared and resolved, as that the iudgement of any man, that is not froward and perverse, may easelie be satisfied. [Middelburg,] 1599.

Santucci Perugino, Ercole. Mastro da Ballo (Perugia 1614). Edited by Barbara Sparti. Hildesheim: Georg Olms Verlag, 2004.

Stubbes, Phillip. The anatomie of abuses contayning a discouerie, or briefe summarie of such notable vices and imperfections, as now raigne in many Christian countreyes of the worlde: but (especiallie) in a verie famous ilande called Ailgna. London, 1583.

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