I’ve noted this in the Latest Links section, but I really want to draw attention to it here too: Renaissance Festival Books from the British Library.
View 253 digitised Renaissance festival books… that describe the magnificent festivals and ceremonies that took place in Europe between 1475 and 1700 – marriages and funerals of royalty and nobility, coronations, stately entries into cities and other grand events.
Apart from downloading the texts, there are sections on background, links and resources etc, and expert analysis. It’s part of the Treasures in Full section, which also has Caxton’s Chaucer, Gutenberg Bible, Shakespeare in Quarto and the Magna Carta.
(Hat-tip: Doblog, which looks like a library/information sciences resource blog in Japanese(?); the post just popped up in my Bloglines search filters.)