Literary Links Lend Light to Life

This week Dame Aoife discusses literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. 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 35987956.

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 point.
Full Text Sources: Full texts of medieval sources arranged according to type.
Saints' Lives: Devoted to Ancient, Medieval and Byzantine hagiographical sources.

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 text.

French Medieval Drama Database
(Site Excerpt, Menu) The Charette Project;