Renaissance Spaces of Knowing: Privacy and Performance
Curated by Subha Mukherji, Carla Suthren and Elizabeth Swann
Master of the Music: Francis Knights
Exhibition Advisor: Jane Partner

With contributions from Jane Partner, Joseph Jarrett, Rebecca Tomlin and George Oppitz-Trotman. Warm thanks to Irene Galandra Cooper for sourcing images and securing permissions. Every effort has been made to trace the copyright holders and obtain permission to reproduce the images used here.

Jen Pollard has kindly provided us with the facility to host the exhibition within the University server framework. Warm thanks for this.

This exhibition is one of the principal outputs of Crossroads of Knowledge in Early Modern England: the Place of Literature – an interdisciplinary and collaborative research project led by Subha Mukherji, and generously funded by the European Research Council under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013)/ERC grant agreement no 617849 ( The project was hosted jointly by the Faculty of English and the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, at the University of Cambridge.

Notes on the music

1. The Cosmos
Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585), Lamentations of Jeremiah (Incipit Lamentatio). Performed by The Tallis Scholars © Gimmell Records.

2. The Marketplace
Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625), Cries of London. Performed by Theatre of Voices © Harmonia Mundi USA.

3. The Church
Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656), The Fifth Service (Magnificat). Performed by the Oxford Camerata © Naxos.

4. The Law Court
Thomas Weelkes (1576-1623), Give the King Thy Judgements. Performed by the Choir of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge © Obsidian Records.

5. The Playhouse
Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585), In nomine a4. Live recording by the Cambridge Renaissance Ensemble, dir. Francis Knights (2018).

6. The Garden
John Bull (1562 or 1563-1628), The King’s Hunt. Live recording by Francis Knights (organ) (2019).

7. The Schoolroom
William Byrd (1543-1623), A Lesson of Voluntarie. Performed by Elizabeth Farr © Naxos.

8. The Study
John Dowland (1563-1626), Mr Dowland’s Midnight. Performed by Massimo Lonardi © Naxos.

9. The Bedroom
William Byrd (1543-1623), Who Likes to Love. Performed by I Fagiolini © Chandos.

10. The Anatomy Theatre
Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585), With All Our Hearts. Performed by Chapelle du Roi © Signum Classics.


We have made diligent effort to trace every image and object used, and to obtain relevant permissions. In one case alone, we have not had a response, and have used a photograph we took ourselves. We would be happy to add further specifications if and when that becomes possible.