The volume (536 pp.) contains 31 original essays by established and emerging scholars, with equal attention given to the early Tudor and the Elizabethan aspects of sixteenth-century literature. The volume features contributions from several members of the department: an essay by Theresa Coletti and Gail McMurray Gibson (Davidson College) on "The Tudor Origins of Medieval Drama"; an essay by Kimberly Anne Coles on "West of England: The Irish Spectre in Tamburlaine"; and a Tudor chronology compiled by Kathleen Bossert. This volume presents students with a valuable historical and cultural context to the period. The Companion discusses key texts and representative subjects, and explores issues including international influences, religious change, travel and New World discoveries, women's writing, technological innovations, medievalism, print culture, and developments in music and in modes of seeing and reading.