Greetings everyone.

This week's Links list is about Medieval Literature, thanks to a suggestion
form one of my faithful readers :). Here you will find information on not
only works of fiction, but also philosophical treatises, song lyrics, poetry
and prose, and from a variety of cultures from Icelandic to Serbian to
Portuguese, Italian and Spanish, and of course the prolific English and
French. All the sites I've chosen are in English or provide English
Translations. Of particular note to scribes, there is a link which shows
Serbian medieval manuscript photos in an article on Serbian literature.

This week's list is just the tip of the iceberg. I encourage those
interested to search any meta-search engine with the words "medieval
literature," and see how many hits they'll get. In 17 seconds on google I
found 811,000. It's truly amazing the wealth of information we can find on
the 'net, though you have to be very careful about reliability. Even more
amazing is the fact that most if not all of these sites link to yet more
sites on medieval literature. I have tried to include those deemed most
reliable by scholars, but some other interesting stuff has also crept in to
the list.

Enjoy this list in the spirit it's created and have a wonderful Summer!


Dame Aoife Fin of Ynos Mon

Anthology of Middle English Literature
This is a delightful site, well presented and easily accessible. If you
click on the Medieval Lyrics link, for instance, you get a simple page which
plays a Medieval tune with recognizable instruments(no medieval muzac here),
a delightful historical illustration of musicians, and a simple list of
links which includes texts, resources, articles, and a bookstore which sells
books on the subject. The Sir Thomas Mallory Link also offers movies on
Arthurian Times. (Site Excerpt) Menu: Geoffrey Chaucer, John Gower, Sir
Gowain, Wiliam Langland, Julian of Norwich, Margery Kempe, Sir Thomas
Malory, Everyman, Medieval Plays, Medieval Lyrics, essays and Articles,
Additional Sources.

The Online Medieval and Classical Library (Berkeley Digital Library SUNsite)
(Site Excerpt) The Online Medieval and Classical Library (OMACL) is a
collection of some of the most important literary works of Classical and
Medieval civilization. Douglas B. Killings is responsible for the
project.....You may search all of the texts in this collection (note: there
is also a browse feature which provides a comprehensive list of links, but
you must scroll farther down the page to see it.

Online Resource Book for Medieval Studies (ORB)
(Site Excerpt) Welcome to ORB! ORB is an academic site, written and
maintained by medieval scholars for the benefit of their fellow instructors
and serious students. All articles have been judged by at least two peer
reviewers. Authors are held to high standards of accuracy, currency, and
relevance to the field of medieval studies. NOTE: ORB'S OCLC number is

The Labyrinth:
Resources for Medieval Studies
Sponsored by Georgetown University
(Site excerpt) The Labyrinth provides free, organized access to electronic
resources in medieval studies through a World Wide Web server at Georgetown
University. The Labyrinth's easy-to-use menus and links provide connections
to databases, services, texts, and images on other servers around the world.
Each user will be able to find an Ariadne's thread through the maze of
information on the Web. This project not only provides an organizational
structure for electronic resources in medieval studies, but also serves as a
model for similar, collaborative projects in other fields of study. The
Labyrinth project is open-ended and is designed to grow and change with new
developments in technology and in medieval studies.

Internet Medieval Sourcebook  Paul Halsall, ORB sources editor
(Site Excerpt) The Internet Medieval Sourcebook is organized as three main
index pages, with a number of supplementary documents. Each individual
section is still large - an organizational goal here is to avoid incessant
"clicking" to get between pages and to information.
Selected Sources: This is an index of selected and excerpted texts for
teaching purposes. Since it had grown too large for many users to manage, as
of October 10 1998, it has been extensively reorganized. For teachers who
wish to refer students to the Sourcebook, this page is the best starting
Full Text Sources: Full texts of medieval sources arranged according to
Saints' Lives: Devoted to Ancient, Medieval and Byzantine hagiographical

Netserf is a search engine of Medieval historical information. You can find
information by either clicking on a link or entering a search term.

The WWW Virtual Library
History Index Medieval Europe
This site contains so much information, that it is impossible to provide a
list here. Try it. You'll see :)

Project Gutenberg e-texts archive
(Site Excerpt) Project Gutenberg is the Internet's oldest producer of FREE
electronic books (eBooks or eTexts)...Project Gutenberg is the brainchild of
Michael Hart, who in 1971 decided that it would be a really good idea if
lots of famous and important texts were freely available to everyone in the
world. Since then, he has been joined by hundreds of volunteers who share
his vision.
Now, more than thirty years later, Project Gutenberg has the following
figures (as of November 8th 2002): ....1975 New eBooks produced in 2002
(they were 1240 in 2001) for a total of 6267 Total Project Gutenberg eBooks.

Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginia Library
(Site Excerpt) The Center combines an on-line archive of tens of thousands
of SGML and XML-encoded electronic texts and images with a library service
that offers hardware and software suitable for the creation and analysis of

French Medieval Drama Database
(Site Excerpt, Menu) The Charette Project; Édition synoptique des Manuscrits
de la "Charrette," Marie de France:  Bisclavret, Manuscripts of Marie de
France, French Medieval Drama Database Project , ARTFL Project  (A project
of the University of Chicago and CNRS (France) for French e-texts, 15th-20th
century), Bibliography of the Provencal Database | Bibles in Latin, French,
and German

Literature of the French Middle Ages by Tennessee Bob Peckham
(Site Excerpt) Local Websites with French Medieval Content, General,
Category and Multi-Work Literature Sites, Works by Author or Title

Literary Resources -- Medieval
This is simply a list of links to other sites, but is a good jumping-off
point for research. (Site Excerpt) This page is part of the Literary
Resources collection maintained by Jack Lynch of Rutgers -- Newark.

WWW Medieval Resources
(Site Excerpt) Discussion Lists & Information
Useful, basic information about the use and function of academic discussion
lists, how to subscribe to them, what and where they are...
Links to Texts from and about the Medieval Period
Medieval History, Archeology, & Architecture
Links to Databases
Labyrinth, Chaucer Bibliography, ANSAXDAT, & others...
Links to other Home Pages
Links to Archives of MSS Facsimiles, Art, etc.
Medieval Sciences
Links to Miscellaneous Materials
British Library Portico, WebLouvre, Gregorian Chant, etc....

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

FTP Anglo-Saxon Literature download site

Geoffrey Chaucer's Book of the Duchess:  A Hypertext Edition
(Site Excerpt) The "Reading Edition" of the Book of the Duchess presents a
text of the poem (identical as far as possible with the "Critical Edition"
text) on the left side of the screen, together with glossary and explanatory
notes on the right hand side of the screen. Most words in the text of the
poem are clickable links. Clicking on a word in the poem will bring the
glossary definition for that word into the top frame on the right hand side.
The explanatory notes are also brought into the bottom right hand frame by
clicking, in their case on an asterisk to the left of the line to which the
note refers. Sound files and manuscript transcriptions can also be accessed
from the reading edition.

Robin Hood: The Early Poems
Selected Studies by Thomas H. Ohlgren
(Site Excerpt: Menu) Edwardus Redivivus in A Gest of Robyn Hode... The
'Marchaunt' of Sherwood: Mercantile Ideology in A Gest of Robyn Hode...
Richard Call, the Pastons, and the Manuscript Context of Robin Hood and the
Potter...  The Geste of Robin Hood (In Modern English)...

FTP Site to download Canterbury Tales

Dante, Chaucer, and the Currency of the Word:
Money, Images, and Reference in Late Medieval Poetry
R. A. Shoaf
This site contains nuggets of mined material regarding the subject,
cataloged for reasonably easy access.

The Gregorian Chant Home Page
(Site Excerpt: Menu) Links to other chant research sites on the
Web...Medieval Music Theory Sites...Resources for Chant Performance...Other
Chant Web Sites...Web Sites Helpful for Chant Researchers...Historical and
Humanistic Sciences...

Renaissance Dante in Print (1472-1629)
(Site Excerpt) THIS EXHIBITION presents Renaissance editions of Dante's
Divine Comedy from the John A. Zahm, C.S.C., Dante Collection at the
University of Notre Dame, together with selected treasures from The Newberry
Library. The Zahm collection ranks among the top Dante collections in North
America. Purchased for the most part by Zahm in 1902 from the Italian
Dantophile Giulio Acquaticci, the 15th- and 16th- century imprints presented
here form the heart of Zahm's collection, which totals nearly 3,000 volumes,
including rare editions and critical studies from the Renaissance to the
present. The nine incunable editions and nearly complete series of
16th-century imprints featured in this exhibit constitute essential primary
sources for both the history of Dante's reception during the Renaissance and
the early history of the printed book.

This site is a graphic-heavy anthology of Medieval, Renaissance, and 17th
Century Literature.

A personal selection made
by Sydney Higgins
(Site Excerpt) I have wasted countless hours chasing after alleged medieval
drama links on the World Wide Web that turned out to be either non-existent
or of little value. The following selection gives the ones that I have found
to be most useful. All the links are divided into categories but, because
there are about 200 links, they are presented on eight pages. You may go
either to the page or the category of your choice by clicking on the
selected heading below.

The Middle English Collection
at the Electronic Text Center, UVa
A large collection of medieval texts. Some are freely available, some
available only to Virginians.

The Middle English Compendium
(Site Excerpt) The Middle English Compendium has been designed to offer easy
access to and interconnectivity between three major Middle English
electronic resources: an electronic version of the Middle English
Dictionary, a HyperBibliography of Middle English prose and verse, based on
the MED bibliographies, and a Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse, as
well as links to an associated network of electronic resources.

William of Ockham: Dialogus
edited by John Kilcullen, George Knysh, Volker Leppin, John Scott and Jan
under the auspices of the Medieval Texts Editorial Committee
of the British Academy
(Site Excerpt) William of Ockham was a medieval English philosopher and
theologian who lived about a generation before Chaucer (he was born about
1285, perhaps as late as 1288, and died in 1347 or 1348). In his earlier
years he wrote many influential works in logic, philosophy and philosophical
theology. For a study of these works see Marilyn McCord Adams, William
Ockham (Notre Dame, 1987), or, for a brief account, "William of Ockham" in
The Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, ed. P. Edwards, vol. 8, pp. 306-17....The
purpose of the present project is to restore the text of the Dialogue to the
state in which it left the author's hands -- or, since this is not really
possible, to bring it as close as we can to that state. To do this we will
compare the text of the early printed editions (1476, 1494, 1614) with the
surviving 14th and 15th century manuscripts (there are more than thirty). We
intend also to produce a translation of the whole work to make it accessible
to readers who do not read Latin. Ockham's Dialogue deserves a place beside
Marsilius's Defensor Pacis, Hooker's Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity, Hobbes's
Leviathan and Locke's Two Treatises, among the classics of political

(Site Excerpt) Before you start searching in the database, you may need a
description of its contents or some help for its use. Also available are
lists of addresses of Neo-Latin scholars, a bibliography, a map of
Scandinavia, a note on the historical background, some lists of Nordic
rulers, abbreviations used in the database, and other relevant WWW-servers.
(Note, all these things are inlcuded, available in hotlinks through the
various words above).

Saganet: Icelandic medieval literature
(Site Excerpt) The material will consist of the entire range of Icelandic
family sagas. It will also include a very large portion of Germanic/Nordic
mythology (the Eddas), the history of Norwegian kings, contemporary sagas
and tales from the European age of chivalry. A great number of manuscripts
contain Icelandic ballads, poetry or epigrams. These Collections are kept in
The National and University Library of Iceland, The Árni Magnússon Institute
in Iceland and in the Fiske Icelandic Collection at Cornell University. All
manuscripts, on vellum and paper, and printed editions and translations of
the Sagas as well as relevant critical studies published before 1900 will be
included and available through the Internet.

Serbian Medieval Literature
(beware hotlinks with wrapped URLS. Copy-paste to your browser window to be
sure you get the entire address).
An article on Serbian Medieval Literature with some links to actual
facsimiles of that literature, in small bits.

Voice of the Shuttle: Anglo-Saxon & Medieval Literature
(Site Excerpt) .  General Resources in Anglo-Saxon & Medieval Lit.
.  Authors, Works, Projects
.  Criticism
.  Anglo-Saxon & Medieval Courses
.  Reference Works
.  Medieval Studies Programs, Centers & Associations
.  Journals (Anglo-Saxon & Medieval Literature)
.  Listservs & Newsgroups (Anglo-Saxon & Medieval Literature)
.  Conferences (Anglo-Saxon & Medieval Studies)
.  Fonts For Display Of Old English

Medieval Literature in Portugal
(Site Excerpt) Courtly troubadour poetry in Portugal began in the 13th
century with the reign of Alfonso III and reached its height during the
reign of his son Dom Diniz, an excellent troubadour himself. A few authors
stand out in the 13th century; the priests Airas Nunes and Joan Airas de
Santiago, João Garcia de Guilhade, and the jogral (professional musician)
Martin Codax.

Old French On The Web
(Site Excerpt) This page is designed to provide you with information about
the Old French language and its literature. The "Old French" era covers the
period from the year 842 (date of the "Serments de Strasbourg", the earliest
known document written in the emerging vernacular) until about the year 1400
(the period when the 'two-case' system, which distinguished Old French from
its modern, uninflected forms, were disappearing from the written language).
"Old French" normally refers to the variety that developed in the North of
France--Langue d'Oïl--which existed in numerous dialects and of which
one--Francien--became the ancestor of modern standard French. However, a
related Southern French language (which some would call a 'dialect')--Langue
d'Oc--which exists today in a number of varieties collectively known as
Occitan, must be considered, too; its linguistic, historical, literary and
cultural importance is inestimable.

At Oto's Medieval European Literature
Site includes links to literature form: Spain, England, Italy and France.

Classical & Medieval Literature

Articles on Medieval Literature (1000-1450)