What are the best 16th century books?

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    #1Henry V

    Henry V
    Henry V is the most famous "war play" by Shakespeare. This version includes the storied victory of the English royal troops against the Franch in the battle of Agincourt. It also contains explanations, reading guide for Shakespeare's English, among other interesting content for scholars. 
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    Craig Cole
    Written on April 28, 2018
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    #2Romeo and Juliet

    Romeo and Juliet

    Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families.

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    Peter Hu
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "A classic is Romeo and Juliet. A 16th century classic."
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    #3The Divine Comedy

    The Divine Comedy
    Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy tells of the poet's travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise in search of salvation. Before he is redeemed, he will learn the meaning of evil, sin, damnation, and forgiveness.
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    Ayaan Sengupta
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "An amazing interpretation of Dante Alighieri's work. Of all of the Dante books, this one made the most sense to me considering its writing style. I would suggest doing your research and finding the version that best provides for you the interpretation and readability that you may want. "
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    #4Much Ado About Nothing

    Much Ado About Nothing

    Much Ado About Nothing includes two different stories of romantic love. Hero and Claudio love each other for the first time, but Don John strikes out their happiness. This version of Much Ado About Nothing is especially indicated for students and general readers. 

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    Raymond Moore
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I sat down with some friends to watch Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing, and we got to talking about the 16th century original. Things really haven't changed; it translates amazingly to the small screen. If the Bard were alive today, I know he'd of enjoyed picking at nachos dipped in mango dip and watching the performance on a 52" LCD."
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    #5The Tragedy of King Richard III

    The Tragedy of King Richard III
    Richard III is one of the most known plays by Shakespeare and has been adapted several times for TV and film. This version, in particular, is indicated for scholars thanks to the documentation and extensive textual for clarifying the original text in 16th Century English. 
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    Aaron Fernandez
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I think many people either read of watched the The Tragedy of King Richard III. It is one of the greatest classics. I had the chance to watch it at as a play in New York after reading the book many times. Everyone should read Shakespeare and why not start with this one."
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    #6La Vida Del Lazarillo De Tormes

    La Vida Del Lazarillo De Tormes

    La Vida Del Lazarillo De Tormes is a Spanish novel written by an anonymous writer in 1554. It is an autobiography about Charles the Fifth conquering Spain from Lazarillo's perspective.

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    Andrew Robinson
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "The book is the first in what became known as the picturesque novel. Amazing someone decided to do this so long ago. It's a work of art and anyone interested in European literature will get a big kick out of the novel."
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    #7The Lusíads

    The Lusíads

    The Lusíads is a Portuguese historical book written by Portuguese author Luís de Camões and translated by Landeg White. The Lusíads was published on November 14, 2002 by Oxford University Press.

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    #8The Merchant of Venice

    The Merchant of Venice

    The Merchant of Venice is written by William Shakespeare which centers on Bassanio trying to win the test of Portia's father in order for him to be able to marry her, and if he fails he might never marry her. 

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    Matthew Cook
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "The Merchant of Venice is one of the greatest stories of the 16th century. It is directly from the mind of William Shakespeare of Rome and Juliet fame. Follow Bassanio on his quest to win acceptance and to be able to marry the love of his life. Read this story to find out if he succeeds!"
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    #9The Prince

    The Prince
    The Prince is a 16th-century political analysis written by Niccolò Machiavelli. This book explains the different types of states, how to acquire and maintain political power and the character and behavior a good prince has to have in order to rule his territory properly.
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    Anthony Meyer
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "The Prince is a really good insight into the political workings of 16th century Italy. It's a guide book of sorts for royalty and high standing members of society written by Machiavelli. It's not the most exciting read, but could be great if you find yourself in need of research 1500's European ways of life."
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    #10A Midsummer Night's Dream

    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    A Midsummer Night's Dream is a classic romantic fantasy play by one of the most famous playwrights in history, William Shakespeare. It features love stories of mythological creatures like Theseus and Hippolyta. 

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    Cheshta Tambe
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This version of A Midsummer Night's Dream contains references, appendixes, and annotations, making it a fan's favorite. The play itself is beautifully written and mythological themed, ending in a famous tragedy like only Shakespeare can deliver."
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    #11Dumb Witness (Hercule Poirot)

    Dumb Witness (Hercule Poirot)

    Dumb Witness is a mystery novel by acclaimed author, Agatha Christie. It tells the story of Hercule Poirot, a detective, as he investigates the death of Emily Arundell. It is the 16th book in the Hercule Poirot series.

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    Samuel Hunt
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "I'd never read an Agatha Christie book, even though I read a lot of casual mysteries. But after the new movie came out, her name was popping up in my feeds, so I tried this one out. It's not bad. A bit old fashioned, but it's still a mystery. Hercule Poirot is an interesting character, and the story moves without really bogging down anywhere while he pieces together clues and searchers for a killer. When I got done I saw this is in the middle of a series, so I'm going to back up and see about starting from the beginning."
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    #12A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599

    A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599
    A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599 is written by Stephen Greenblatt as an account of Shakespeare's life. Julius Caesar and Hamlet are among Shakespeare's works. This biography is published in 2006 by Harper Perennial.
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    Jesse Young
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "I have been a big fan of reading old books. This has made me do a lot of research on the best 16th century books to put on my reading list. A great book that was recommended by friend was A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599."
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    #13Utopia

    Utopia

    Utopia by Thomas More is a philosophical satire originally published in 1516. This book explores a fictional island and its government and religious customs. It was first released in Latin and later on translated into different languages.

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    #14The Birth of Gossip

    The Birth of Gossip

    The Birth of Gossip is a historical fiction book written by Pamela Mann. This British 16th-century fiction novel is first published in 2017. 

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    George Miller
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Like so many 16th century works, this novel, set in the 16th century but published in 2017, jumps straight into the action and never looks back. The title character is fascinating in that, as the town seemingly doesn't know what to make of her, she, too, doesn't know what to make of herself. Her internal search for her identity makes for a fascinating read."
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    #15Romeo and Juliet

    Romeo and Juliet

    Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families.

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    Denise Freeman
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Romeo and Juliet is a great Shakespeare book to own. This book is a good read and a good conversation piece. Everyone can appreciate the tale of lovers and feuding families. "

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Best What are the best 16th century books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Henry VBooks 30 Paid
2Romeo and JulietBooks 27 Paid
3The Divine ComedyBooks 24 Paid
4Much Ado About NothingBooks 22 Paid
5The Tragedy of King Richard IIIBooks 20 Paid
6La Vida Del Lazarillo De TormesBooks 19 Paid
7The LusíadsBooks 16 Paid
8The Merchant of VeniceBooks 9 Paid
9The PrinceBooks 6 Paid
10A Midsummer Night's DreamBooks 5 Paid
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