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Books of period interest in Project Gutenberg
- Beowulf (150kb) - http://library.adelaide.edu.au/etext/pg/etext97/bwulf10.txt
- The Complete works of William Shakespeare (5mb) - http://library.adelaide.edu.au/etext/pg/etext94/shaks12.txt
- Decameron -- Volume 1 by Giovanni Boccaccio - http://library.adelaide.edu.au/etext/pg/etext03/thdcm10.txt
- The Life Of Castruccio Castracani Da Luca by Niccolo Machiavelli - http://library.adelaide.edu.au/etext/pg/etext98/tprnc10.txt
- History Of Florence And Of The Affairs Of Italy by Niccolo Machiavelli - http://library.adelaide.edu.au/etext/pg/etext01/hflit10.txt
- Canterbury Tales, and Other Poems by Geoffrey Chaucer - http://library.adelaide.edu.au/etext/pg/etext00/cbtls10.txt
- The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli - http://library.adelaide.edu.au/etext/pg/etext98/tprnc10.txt