The Edmund Spenser Home Page was conceived by Richard Bear, who ran the site for more than five years from the University of Oregon. He also created Renascence Editions, an ambitious project that offered some of the earliest online texts of English Renaissance literature, and is still growing. He was the founding listowner and moderator of Spenser-L, now known as the Sidney-Spenser Discussion List.

In February of 2000, the site was transferred to the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge, where it has been maintained by Andrew Zurcher of Queens College. In addition to expanding the site and developing many new resources, Zurcher continues to serve as manager and moderator of the Discussion List.

In January of 2013, the present version of the site was launched as a collaborative effort among the University of Cambridge, the Center for Digital Humanities at the University of South Carolina, and the Humanities Digital Workshop at Washington University in St. Louis. We are grateful to the many scholars and support staff whose efforts, over the years and ongoing, have helped to create and sustain this online resource.

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