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The Canterbury Tales

    About the electronic version: Text Archive Conversion to TEI-conformant markup: University of Virginia Library Electronic Text Center : http://etext.virginia.edu/mideng.browse.html, Cha2Can Available from: Oxford Text Archive no. OTA U-1678-C 1993.

    About the print version The works of Geoffrey Chaucer Geoffrey Chaucer 2nd. ed. editor: F.N. Robinson : Houghton Mifflin Boston, Mass. 1957

Book of the Duchess - An online Beta version of the text.

Troilus & Criseyde (under construction) - The Project Gutenberg Etext of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde. This electronic edition was edited, proofed, and prepared by Douglas B. Killings (DeTroyes@AOL.COM), March 1995. Additional assistance provided by Diane M. Brendan, andd prepared for distribution on the world Wide Web by James M. Dean University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716.

Online Chaucer Bibliography - Information on how to access the online Chaucer bibliography via telnet or similar service (not web accessable yet).

Dante, Chaucer, and the Currency of the Word: Money, Images, and Reference in Late Medieval Poetry - An online edition courtesy of the author.


Piers Plowman Electronic Archives - An online collection of Piers Plowman manuscript images.


Dante's "Letter to Can Grande"- Prepared by Jim Dean from James Marchand's E-Text. Latin with Marchand's translation and notes.

Robert Hollander's Barlow Lectures on Dante's Epistle to Can Grande- This is the first in the series of Barlow Lectures delivered at University College London on 17-18 March 1993 by Professor Robert Hollander of Princeton University.

Electronic Bulletin of the Dante Society of America


Lydgates "Hood of Green- BL MS Harley 2255, ff. 153-56.A Selection from the Minor Poems of Dan John Lydgate, ed. James Orchard Halliwell, Percy Society 2 (London: Percy Society, 1840), pp 199-205. E-Text prepared by Jim Dean from Juris Lidaka.

Lydgate's "Near a Park"- Text prepared by Juris Lidaka and prepared in HTML by Jim Dean MS Harley 2255, ff. 150v-151v.

Compilations and Anthologies

An Anthology of Middle English Literature - An excellent anthology of Chaucer, Gawain, Langland, Julian of Norwich, Margery Kempe, Malory, Everyman, Lyrics, plays, essays and sources.(Most works in Middle English w/ optional translations--n.b. Some texts are of uncertain origin.)

TEAMS Middle English Text Series- The goal of the TEAMS Middle English text series is to make available to teachers and students texts which occupy an importantplace in the literary and cultural canon but which have not been readily available in student editions. E-Texts include:
    Alliterative Morte Arthure, The Assembly of Ladies, The Avowyng of Arthur, The Awntyrs off Arthur, The Carle of Carlisle, Emaré, Erle of Toulous, The Floure and the Leafe, The Greene Knight, The Isle of LadiesJack Upland, The Jeaste of Sir Gawain, King Arthur and King Cornwall, The Knightly Tale of Gologras and Gawain, Lancelot of the Laik, Lay le Freine, The Marriage of Sir Gawain, Selections from The Middle English Metrical Paraphrase of the Old Testament, The Story of Jephthah's Daughter, The Story of Judith, The Pistel of Swete Susan, Ralph the Collier, The Siege of Milan, Sir Cleges, Sir Degaré, Sir Gawain and the Carle of Carlisle, Sir Gowther, Sir Launfal, Sir Orfeo, Sir Perceval of Galles, Sir Tristrem, Stanzaic Morte Arthur, The Storie of Asneth, The Sultan of Babylon, The Turke and Sir Gawain, The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnelle, Why I Can't Be a Nun, Ywain and Gawain

The Middle English Collection at the Electronic Text Center, UVa A collection of E-Texts, most of which were provided by the Oxford Text Archive. Collection includes the following:

    An anthology of Chancery English; The York plays; PearlOctovian (Lincoln, MS 91); The siege of Jerusalem; The Owl and the nightingale; The Towneley plays; Sawles warde; The Harley lyrics; Octovian (Cambridge MS Ff.2.38); Everyman; The alliterative Morte Arthure; Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde (Windeatt edition), The Canterbury tales (Robinson edition); Dunbar's, The tretis of the twa mariit women and the wedo; Gower's Confessio amantis; Henryson's The testament of Cresseid, The minor poems of Robert Henryson, The morall fabillis of Esope the Phrygian, Orpheus and Eurydice; Langland's The vision of Piers Plowman; Layamon's Brut (MS Cotton Otho), Brut (MS Cotton Caligula); and the Paston letters and papers of the fifteenth century.

Online Journals and Bibliographies

  • Exemplaria- A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies R. Allen Shoaf, Editor | Judith P. Shoaf, Managing Editor.
  • Early Modern Literary Studies - A Journal devoted to Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Enghlish Literature.

General Medieval Text Sites

  • Electronic Beowulf - An online presentation of manuscripts through Oxford and University of Kentucky online preservation projects.
  • Anglo-Saxon Texts - An FTP site for dowloading a variety of Anglo-Saxon e-texts.
  • Ancrene Wisse - Hypertext edition (in progress).
  • Decameron Web- An excellent interactive site devoted to the text and historical, religious, social, and artistic context of the Decameron (including maps)
  • Online Manuscripts - An catalog of (with links to) fully digitized manuscripts currently available on the web.CMRS - UCLA.

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