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Academic Sources

Here are some resources that may be of interest to those thinking about digital humanities and/or medieval studies. Happy reading!

Digital learning and teaching

Academic Pub’s newest features:

Debates in the Digital Humanities:

Via TeachThought: 100 Search Engines for Academic Research

Hybrid Pedagogy Reading List:

Review of Digital_Humanities (MIT Press, 2012):

Resources for Teaching and Learning Text Encoding:

E-Book Media and Communications Toolkit:

Digital Scholarship at the British Library:

Checklist for Integrating DH in Courses:

Guidelines for Evaluating Work in DH:

Medieval and Early Modern Manuscript Tools: 

A Short Description of Old English:

Bodley’s automated matching software:

Digital Resource and Database of Palaeography:

Chronographia of John Malas Project:

InScribe (Paleography tool):

Ransom Center Fragments:

Medieval Manuscript Apps:

Book of Kells:

Exeter Book:
SatNav for Historical Maps:

DM Project:

Mapping and Other Data Visualization:

Interactive Data Visualization for the Web:

Awesome History of Information Map:

Tools for Data Visualization:

Visualizing Texts as Networks:

BL’s Magnificent Mapping Blog:


Via (Oct 5, 2012):

Mad Monarchs of the Middle Ages – includes a king who thought he was made of glass and how one well-known eastern noble got nicknamed ‘The Impaler’

The British History Podcast is a chronological telling of the story of Britain. Starting with prehistoric times, the podcast has now reached the Anglo-Saxon period and includes over seventy episodes. The host offers a wide range of information about various topics and adds in some insights and humour as well. Some of the episodes include:

Dark Age Dinners I: the Vegan Edition – one of three episodes about food in the Anglo-Saxon period

Was there an Anglo Saxon Invasion?

Hadrian’s Wall – the show includes many episodes on Roman Britain

The Battle of Stamford Bridge – examines one of the other battles fought in 1066 that shaped England’s history

St Thomas Aquinas – Melvyn Bragg discusses the life, works and enduring influence of the medieval philosopher and theologian St Thomas Aquinas with Martin Palmer, John Haldane and Annabel Brett.

The makers of BBC History Magazine have a weekly radio show that usually features segments related to articles appearing in the current issue of the magazine. Medieval-related segments can be found in many of these episodes. Some of the episodes include:

19th July 2012 – Paul Oldfield details the medieval travelling experience, while June Purvis analyses anti-Suffragette postcards.

17th May 2012 – Emily Lethbridge considers Viking sagas, while Robert Blyth reviews royal pageants of the past

And here are the sources I mentioned in my “So you want to be a medievalist” posts:

Old English
A. Prose
 1. English Historical Documents: Heartsies for this one! Of the twelve volumes, only the first four deal with medieval documents. They are broken up according to the following years: (500-1042), (1042-1189), (1189-1327), (1327-1485). Special prize to whomever can guess the reason for the date breaks! Each edition provides a translation of chronicles, laws, and charters in addition to an introduction to the period, secular narrative sources, and ecclesiastical sources.
2. Die Gesetze der Angelsachsen: spoiler alert– this fella’s in German. First published in the early (very early) twentieth century, this resource provides an edition of Anglo-Saxon laws; text is in Anglo-Saxon, German, or Latin. Some can be found in slightly modified context at The entire book is accessible online through Word searches come up on a nifty little “timeline” at the bottom of the page.
3. Rolls Series: with a nickname like “Chronicles and Memorials of Great Britain and Ireland during the Middle Ages,” this has to be good. Although all 99 volumes spanning 255 books are still striclty bound in the DA section of your library, the index can be found online:
 4. PASE Database: Really, I’m at a loss for words with how AMAZING this resource is, so I’ll use their words instead: “The Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England (PASE) is a database which aims to provide structured information relating to all the recorded inhabitants of England from the late sixth to the late eleventh century. It is based on a systematic examination of the available written sources for the period, including chronicles, saints’ Lives, charters, libri vitae, inscriptions, Domesday Book and coins; and is intended to serve as a research tool suitable for a wide range of users with an interest in this period”( On the fence about being a medievalist? Spending five minutes on this website will push you right over, and into the [loving? strapping? capable?] arms of Stephen Baxter and Simon Keynes.
B. Poetry
1. Online Corpus of Old English Poetry: You’ll notice that this resource actually starts with “Online.” Win! this project aims to collect and share “all known Old English poems and poetic lines in bare-bones editions with clickable glosses…and minimal, mainly textual notes” ( As of 2010, there are very few OCOEP editions available, but there are tons of links to Georgetown’s Labyrinth Library. You can search by title or manuscript. Pull this up next time someone asks you how hard it is to work with so few texts.
2. Anglo-Saxon Poetic Records: Volumes are organized by manuscript, and there’s no index, so you’ll have to know what you’re looking for (or just browse it for fun). published by Krapp and Dobbie, you’ll see this in footnotes everywhere. Each volume contains the texts and notes.
C. Manuscript
1. Catalogue of MSs Containing Anglo-Saxon: When you hear someone say “Ker,” you need to be sure to maintain eye contact, sit up straight, and nod with agreement to whatever comes next. Check out his entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (also on this list). The catalogue was published in 1957 to include ALL manuscripts with Anglo-Saxon in them (except cartularies). Each entry describes the manuscript and its contents, even including glosses, notes, and scribbles. The 412 entries are organized by library; the 1991 appendix includes manuscripts written by continental scribes.
2. Early English MSs in Facsimile: Every now and then we all need a little manuscript fix. Don’t want to leave home? The publisher’s website for this series is your ticket: In ‘real life’ each volume introduces and describes the manuscript (even tracing its history, if possible). All Old English manuscripts are reproduced.
Middle English:
A. Records of Early English Drama, arranged by town in 27 volumes, brings together “external evidence of dramatic, ceremonial, and minstrel activity in Great Britain before 1672″( Included in its records are guild records, treasurers’ account rolls, mayors’ books, etc.
B.Digital Index of Middle English Verse, published in 1943, supplemented in 1965, and newly indexed in 2005, lists Middle English poetry from 1200-1500. The entries are numbered and listed alphabetically by first lines. Online, one can search by author, title, scribe, subject, verse form (alliterative, etc), or rhyme pattern (ababab, etc). It also includes printed books, inscriptions, bibliography, and glossary.
C. A Manual of the Writings in Middle English, 1050-1500 brings Middle English texts together with critical evaluations, bibliographies, and manuscript and/or early print information. It spans 1050-1500, and 11 of 12 volumes are published. Volume II is the Pearl Poet, but Volume VI is Ballads, so there’s no set rule for how the volumes are published.
D. The Index of Middle English Prose consists of 18 handlists based on “major repositories”. It describes the MSs, or references to MSs, of works between 1200 and 1500 and includes a list of incipits.
E. Index of Printed Middle English Prose modernizes the spelling of works printed between 1150 and 1500. The entries are numbered and alphabetized by first line; author, title, genre, and date included.
A. Patrologia Latina‘s 200+ volumes contain the works of most church fathers between AD 200 and 1216. Its limitations
are numerous, but eased by joint searchability with Acta Santorum (for those whose universities have subscribed to the service). NB: once you find what you’re looking for, you’ll want to grab a more updated edition of the text.
B. Repertorium Biblium Medii Aevi catalogues known authors and commentaries in its first volumes. It has two volumes of anonymous commentary listed by incipit, a supplement, and an index.
C. Acta Sanctorum was the first serious, critical approach to saints’ lives. Across almost 70 volumes, the work is organized by day.
Looking for sources/analogues? Influence/interpretations?
  1. Sources of Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture works towards the present from “classical, patristic, and medieval sources seeking to summarize the most convincing evidence for their being known or used in England” ( It includes oral sources, charters, and even recipes.
  2. Fontes Anglo-Saxonici is “a register of written sources used by authors in AS England”( As a compliment to SASLC, its print version works backwards from AS to find sources. Online, you can search by author or source.
  3. Sources and Analogues of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (2 volumes), organized by Tale, is exactly what you think it is — but better. Why? Three words: facing page translation.
  4. Anglo-Saxon England is an interdisciplinary journal published annually since 1972. Now under the guidance of Keynes, the quality of the articles and bibliographies are better than ever.
  5. Year’s Work in English Studies, another annual periodical, is organized by time period. It boasts that it is “[t]he qualitative narrative bibliographic review of scholarly work on English language and literature…” ( It’s probably right.
  6. Studies in the Age of Chaucer: Wondering what people are saying about Chaucer? Go first to Studies in the Age
    of Chaucer
    , which NCS has been publishing since 1979.
  7. Variorum Edition (Chaucer) has 8 volumes planned. Its twofold mission is “to provide analysis of textual history of Chaucer’s individual works and to offer comprehensive overview of all facets of critical commentary of each work” ( It pains me to include this, but I’m glad to see something legit come out of Oklahoma. HOOK’EM.
  8. Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages was published in 1959, and is partly responsible for the revived critical interest in chivalric games. It is, not surprisingly, a large collection of essays on nearly every medieval iteration of Arthurian lit.

1 Comment

  1. Harald Boehlke

    I probably have an impossible request.
    There is an Anglo-Saxon manuscript, tenth century that I am most eager to get translated. Is it possible to get in touch with someone through your site that is willing to translate? It is not much text.

    Eager to hear from you.
    Best tegards
    Harald Boehlke

    Adr: Gudeberg Alle 1
    1632 Fredrikstad

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