A Webliography of Sources on Medieval and Renaissance Literature

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Medieval Studies

  • Millennium: A Thousand Years of History http://turnerlearning.com/cnn/millennium/rundown.html
    Just in time for 2000, a look back at the last 1000 years. A good historical overview of what (and who) happened when.
  • Arthuriana http://smu.edu/arthuriana/
  • The Camelot Project http://www.lib.rochester.edu/camelot/cphome.stm
    Arthurian Texts, Images, Bibliographies, and Basic Information. "THE CAMELOT PROJECT is designed to make available in electronic format a database of Arthurian texts, images, bibliographies, and basic information. The project is sponsored by the University of Rochester and prepared in The Robbins Library, a branch of Rush Rhees Library."
  • Digital Librarian http://www.digital-librarian.com
    "A librarian's choice of the best of the web : Medieval & Renaissance Studies"
  • Medieval Resources Online http://ccsun7.sogang.ac.kr/~anthony/Medieval.htm
  • Mediaeval Logic & Philosophy http://pvspade.com/Logic/
  • Anthology of Middle English Literature http://www.luminarium.org/medlit/index.html
    Provides texts from Middle English figures ranging from Chaucer to Margery Kempe
  • Internet Medieval Sourcebook http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/sbook.html
  • TEAMS: The Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages, Inc. http://www.teamsmedieval.org
  • NetSerf http://www.netserf.org/

  • The Labyrinth http://labyrinth.georgetown.edu/
    A World Wide Web Server for Medieval Studies Sponsored by Georgetown University

  • The Lollard Society http://lollardsociety.org/
    "Department of English, Texas Christian University, Fortworth, TX"

  • ORB Lectures on Medieval Literature
  • http://www.the-orb.net/class.html
    "Contains links to primary texts online and to lectures, written by experienced medievalists, on those texts; all lectures have been reviewed by the ORB editorial board and were specially chosen for this site. Each section contains introductions to the material."
  • ORB OnLine Reference Book for Medieval Studies http://www.the-orb.net/refshelf.html
    "The Online Resource Book for Medieval Studies (ORB) is a cooperative effort on the part of scholars across the internet to establish an online textbook source for medieval studies on the World-Wide Web. In principle, authors of the various articles that make up ORB maintain their own articles at their own locations. Each article is connected to ORB's Title Index, which can be accessed at any time by clicking on the ORB icon (see the top left corner above) anywhere it appears. In addition, each article will be linked directly to related articles and other information available on the Web. Some authors welcome your questions, comments and observations about their articles."
  • Piers Plowman Electronic Archive http://www.iath.virginia.edu/seenet/piers/piersmain.html
  • Middle English Collection - Electronic Text Center, UVA http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/mideng.browse.html
  • Online Medieval & Classical Library, Berkeley http://omacl.org/
  • USA People Search: Medieval Times http://www.usa-people-search.com/content-medieval-times.aspx
  • Voice of the Shuttle: English Literature http://vos.ucsb.edu/browse.asp?id=2740

Old/Middle English Language

  • Olde English Made Easy http://home.comcast.net/~modean52/index.htm
    Tips on grammar, dictionaries, and other resources for the study of Old English and Anglo-Saxon England."
  • Middle English Dictionary/Compendium http://www.hti.umich.edu/mec/ (UW Restricted)
    Called "the greatest achievement in medieval scholarship in America." A comprehensive analysis of lexicon and usage for the period 1100-1500, based on the analysis of a collection of over three million citation slips, the largest collection of this kind available.
  • Dictionary of Old English http://tapor.library.utoronto.ca/doecorpus/ (UW Restricted)
    The Dictionary of Old English electronic corpus is a complete record of surviving Old English except for some variant manuscripts of individual texts.
  • Oxford English Dictionary http://www.oed.com (UW Restricted)

Medieval Women

  • Medieval Women: An Interactive Exploration http://mw.mcmaster.ca/home.html>
    "Hosted by McMaster University, this interesting site brings together primary sources, commentary by scholars, interactive features, and music to explore the world of medieval European women."
  • The Julian of Norwich Website http://www.umilta.net/
    "The Julian Website is an Internet version of the Julian Library Portfolio, a collection of contemplative booklets which began as a series of lectures given to Quakers on Medieval Mystics. These booklets are intended for contemplatives, scholars and Godfriends everywhere and are available on the Internet and as hard copy hand-sewn and bound fascicles. They are graded as to whether most useful for general, scholarly or contemplative readers - but transgress those boundaries!"
  • Marie de France http://www.people.vcu.edu/~cmarecha/index.html

  • Feminae: Medieval Women & Gender Index http://www.haverford.edu/library/reference/mschaus/mfi/mfi.html
    "The Medieval Feminist Index covers journal articles, book reviews, and essays in books about women, sexuality, and gender during the Middle Ages.... Books written by a single author are not indexed in MFI."
  • Matrix: Resources for the Study of Women's Religious Communities http://monasticmatrix.usc.edu/
    An "archival website about Christian religious women of the European Middle Ages (500-1500)."
  • Bibliography of Works by & About Women Writers of the Middle Ages http://www.lib.rochester.edu/camelot/womenbib.htm
    Compiled by Juliet Sloger, Robbins Library at the University of Rochester

Geoffrey Chaucer

  • Chaucer Metapage http://www.unc.edu/depts/chaucer
  • Chaucer Bibliography Online http://uchaucer.utsa.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&PAGE=First
  • Chaucer Scriptorium http://www.wsu.edu:8080/~hanly/chaucer/chaucer.html
  • The Essential Chaucer http://colfa.utsa.edu/chaucer/
    A selective annotated bibliography covering 1900-1984
  • Chaucernet http://www.towson.edu/~duncan/chaucnet.html
    An On-Line Academic Discussion Group
  • Chaucer Resource http://www.999inks.co.uk/The-Chaucer-Resource.html
  • Geoffrey Chaucer http://geoffreychaucer.org/
  • Canterbury Tales http://www.litrix.com/canterby/cante001.htm
    Modern English translation of the complete Canterbury Tales
  • Electronic Canterbury Tales http://hosting.uaa.alaska.edu/afdtk/ect_main.htm
    Part of the Chaucer Metapage Project, this site includes the text of the Canterbury Tales with annotated, useful links included, arranged by Tale. There are also a number of excellent general WWW sources related to late-medieval England in general and the Canterbury Tales in particular.
  • Chaucer Images http://dmoz.org/Arts/Humanities/Literature_in_Art/Chaucer/
    A directory of links to Chaucer illustrations and images
  • Chaucer Review http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/chaucer_review/
    Electronic version of volumes 34-38 of this journal, covering from 2000-2004. Use an index such as the MLA Bibliography to determine which specific issues/articles will be of use to you. (UW Restricted)

Renaissance Studies

  • Digital Librarian http://www.digital-librarian.com
    "A librarian's choice of the best of the web : Medieval & Renaissance Studies"
  • Patterweb http://www.chass.utoronto.ca:8080/english/emed/patterweb.html
    Early Modern English Dictionaries Database Search Utility
  • The Voice of the Shuttle: Renaissance & 17th Century http://vos.ucsb.edu/browse.asp?id=2749
  • The Decameron Web http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Italian_Studies/dweb/dweb.shtml
  • Reed Newsletter http://jps.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/reed
    Newsletter was published 1976-1997 by The Records of Early English Drama Project (REED). The Newsletter published documentary evidence of early drama, items on records research, and requests by scholars for information. In addition, calls for papers, conferences, and notices of recent publications were regularly listed.
  • Perseus Renaissance Documents http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cache/perscoll_Renaissance.html
    Tufts University - "a gathering of primary materials from the early modern period in England (commonly called the English Renaissance) that includes the works of William Shakespeare, important historical sources from the period, and a variety of secondary reference works. Our goal in assembling this collection is to provide scholars, students, and general readers with free access to important documents from the early modern period, many of which are difficult to find outside large research libraries, and to supplement them with helpful scholarship and criticism."

William Shakespeare

  • Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet http://shakespeare.palomar.edu/
    by Terry A. Gray : "A guide to Shakespeare resources on the Internet. This is an annotated guide to the scholarly Shakespeare resources on the Internet. It is also a source of some Shakespeare material that does not exist elsewhere on the web."
  • The Shakespeare Web http://www.shakespeare.com/
    ". . . an interactive, hypermedia environment dedicated to the increasingly popular understanding and enjoyment of Shakespeare's plays and other works."

  • The Complete Works of William Shakespeare http://wild-turkey.mit.edu/Shakespeare/index.html
    "the Web's first edition of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare. The original electronic source for this server is the Complete Moby(tm) Shakespeare, which is freely available online."
  • Shakespeare Quarterly http://www.jstor.org/journals/00373222.html
    Electronic version of volumes 1-51 of this journal, covering from 1950-2000. Use an index such as the MLA Bibliography to determine which specific issues/articles will be of use to you. (UW Restricted).
  • Shakespeare in Quarto http://www.bl.uk/treasures/shakespeare/homepage.html
    The British Library has digitized "93 copies of the 21 plays by Shakespeare printed in quarto before the theatres were closed in 1642." Also included in the "Background" section you can find out about Shakespeare, his works, his theatre world and the printing of his plays. Other web resources appear in the "Links" section, with further reading in "References." You can also view a timeline and compare two texts side by side.

Medieval Manuscripts

  • Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts http://www.kb.nl/kb/manuscripts/index.html
    National Library of the Netherlands - search images of manuscripts by a variety of ways, including subject, author, title, scribe.
  • Medieval Manuscripts http://www.digitalmedievalist.com/urls/mss.html
    Links to different types of information & resources pertaining to Medieval manuscripts, including digital images.
  • Manuscripts at the Bodleian Library http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/dept/scwmss/wmss/medieval/browse.htm
    Search over a thousand images of manuscripts, arranged by century and country of origin at the University of Oxford.

Other Resources

Compiled by H. Williams 4/28/97
Last updated 10/1/12
by Faye Christenberry
University of Washington Libraries
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