The British Columbia Digital Library

Digital Library Collections By Subject: Literature: 11th-14th Centuries Present Era

This section includes collections centered on the European medieval era.

See also Children's Literature Literature: General Works text language name (for example, French Texts Latin Texts) or Women.

  1. Argos: Limited Area Search of the Ancient and Medieval Internet. Hosted by the University of Evansville (Evansville, Indiana, USA) . Established in 1996, this is a peer-reviewed guide and search engine to pre-Renaissance Internet/Web resources. Date added: 2002-09-08.
  2. The Auchinleck Manuscript. Edinburgh: National Library of Scotland. Summary: " The Auchinleck Manuscript (NLS Adv MS 19.2.1) is one of the National Library of Scotland’s greatest treasures. Produced in London in the 1330s, it provides a unique insight into the English language and literature that Chaucer and his generation grew up with and were influenced by. It acquired its name from its first known owner, Lord Auchinleck, who discovered the manuscript in 1740 and donated it to the precursor of the National Library in 1744." Date accessed: 2003-08-04. Date added: 2003-08-04.
  3. The Camelot Project: Arthurian Texts, Images, Bibliographies, and Basic Information (University of Rochester). Established in 1995, this site features electronic versions in HTML format of literary works from the medieval era to the present about Great Britain's King Arthur, the Holy Grail and Camelot.
  4. Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts. Los Angeles, CA: University of California, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2008-. Item-level database of digitized medieval manuscripts. Date accessed: 2009-02-12. Dated added: 2009-02-12.
  5. Cinderella Bibliography (By Russell A. Peck hosted by University of Rochester). Extensive annotated bibliography organized by medium and genre of works from the medieval era to the present day about Cinderella. Site includes digital facsimiles of illustrations from public-domain texts depicting Cinderella.
  6. Codices Electronici Ecclesiae Coloniensis (CEEC). Köln, Germany: Historisch Kulturwissenschaftliche Informationsverarbeitung, Universität zu Köln. Searchable/browsable digital facsimile collection of medieval codices preserved mainly in Cologne (Köln) cathedrals. Date accessed: 2004-08-27. Date added: 2004-08-27.
  7. Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music (DIAMM). University of Oxford and Royal Holloway University of London, 1998-. Date accessed: 2005-10-25. Date added: 2005-10-25.
  8. Digital Scriptorium (Hosted by University of California, Berkeley). Established in 1996, a union catalogue of digital facsimiles of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts.
  9. DScriptorium (Hosted by Brigham Young University). A collection of digital facsimiles of medieval manuscripts, as well as links to other collections.The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies. Compiled by Martin Irvine and Deborah Everhart. Washington, DC: Georgetown University. Established in 1994, site includes The Labyrinth Library of electronic texts in several languages. Alternate URL:
  10. Legends. California: Paula Katherine Marmor, 1997-. A guide to Web resources on British life and literature from medieval to the Renaissance times. Date accessed: 2005-05-23. Date added: 2005-05-23.
  11. Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts. Koninklijke Bibliotheek  (National Library of the Netherlands) and Museum Meermanno-Westreenianum. Browse or search for over 10,000 digital facsimiles of illuminated medieval manuscripts preserved by these institutions. Date accessed: 2002-11-19. Date added: 2002-11-19. Date update: 2009-02-12.
  12. Medieval Manuscripts in Dutch Collections. Hosted by Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National Library of the Netherlands). Summary: " This database contains descriptions of all medieval western manuscripts written in Latin script and produced up to c. 1550 now preserved in public and semi-public collections in the Netherlands. These include the collections of libraries, museums and archives, as well as the collections of monastic orders and some other private institutions that are open to researchers. There is no restriction concerning content: literary, historiographical, academic, hagiographical, and (para-)liturgical texts, artes texts, ego-documents etc. written in Latin or one of the Western European vernacular languages, all qualify for inclusion. Fragments of such manuscripts will only be included when this is feasible and useful: the text on the fragment has to be identified and/or the fragments should already be sufficiently catalogued as an object. Archival documents and letters are not recorded, except when they are part of a manuscript that does qualify for inclusion." Date accessed: 2007-09-23. Date added: 2007-09-23.
  13. Medieval Manuscripts of Syracuse University Library, Syracuse, NY, USA. Includes digital facsimiles of manuscripts preserved by the library.
  14. NetSERF: The Internet Connection for Medieval Resources. Compiled by Beau A.C. Harbin. Subject gateway to Internet resources on medieval civilizations.
  15. The Online Medieval and Classical Library (Formerly managed by Douglas B. Killings hosted by Berkeley Digital SunSITE). Searchable/browsable collection of literary works from the Graeco-Roman period to medieval Europe, including Scandinavia.
  16. Otto F. Ege Collection: Fifty Original Leaves from Medieval Manuscripts, Western Europe: XII to XVI Century, Set #27. Columbia, SC: Rare Books and Special Collections, University Libraries, University of South Carolina. Search or browse by country or century through 50 digitized medieval manuscripts collected by Otto F. Ege (1888-1951). Date accessed: 2005-06-06. Date added: 2005-06-06.
  17. ORB: The Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies. Founded in 1995, this is more than a book, it is a collaborative, peer-reviewed dynamic Internet resource for the study of medieval times. In addition to original essays compiled into its Encylopedia section, there is also a Library of primary texts (transcriptions and translations in a variety of formats), as well as extensive teaching  resources. Date updated: 2004-07-06.
  18. The Robin Hood Project: Texts, Images, Bibliographies, and Basic Information (University of Rochester). Electronic editions in HTML format from the medieval era to the 20th century of works about the legendary English outlaw hero Robin Hood.
  19. Roman de la Rose Digital Library. Baltimore, MD: Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University and Paris, France: Bibliothèque nationale de France, 2007-. Summary: " The goal of the Roman de la Rose Digital Library is to create a digital library of all known manuscript copies of the Roman de la Rose, which number around 300. We expect to have full digital surrogates of about 150 of these manuscripts available here by the end of 2009." Date accessed: 2009-06-19. Date added: 2009-06-19.
  20. St. Laurentius Digital Manuscript Library. Lund, Sweden: Lund University Library. Search or browse for digital facsimiles of medieval manuscripts (religious and secular) preserved at this library. Date accessed: 2002-11-14. Date added: 2002-11-14.
  21. Sources of Medieval History: Selected Texts (Electronic Text Service, Columbia University Libraries). Searchable/browsable full-text editions of several works in various languages.
  22. Sources of Medieval Swedish Church History. (Electronic Text Service, Columbia University Libraries). Searchable/browsable full-text editions of several works in Swedish.
  23. Women Writers of the Middle Ages (Bonnie Duncan, English Department, Millersville University).


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