The Renaissance Festival Books website, is the result of a collaborative project between the British Library and the University of Warwick and makes available facsimilies of 253 Renaissance festival books from the British Library's collections. These books describe festivals and ceremonies that took place in Europe between 1475 and 1700 to mark: marriages; funerals; coronations; and other grand events. Such festivals could take many forms, including: masques; dances; song; and parades and displays involving: fireworks; equestrian troops; and waterworks. The festival books therefore shed light on a variety of aspects of early modern courtly history in Europe, most notably: music; the court, royalty and nobility; costume; theatrical history; military history; tournaments; and social and economic history. The website offers some background to festival books, with articles by acknowledged experts in the field. The books themselves can be browsed or searched: pages with significant information are provided with metadata to enable accurate searching.