Edited by Anna-Nadine Pike
With contributions from Dr Ryan Perry (MEMS) and Dr Daniel Smith (Kings College London)
Welcome to our landing-page for Middle English literature. Use this page to discover a wide range of online resources for studying, understanding, or teaching the literature of the late-medieval period, broadly taken as c.1300-1600, written predominantly in the English vernacular. The literature found on this page would therefore be best approached alongside our Middle English Language resources, which include dictionaries and tools for geo-locating texts based on dialectic variation.
Some of the literature covered here is written in Latin, French, and Irish, reflecting the polyglotism of late-medieval England, and resources for studying each of these languages can be found here.
If your area of interest is earlier than this period, the literature of early-medieval England can be found on our Early Medieval Studies page. If you’d rather read literature written beyond the sixteenth century, try our Early Modern Literature or Early Modern Drama pages.
And if you are looking to browse Middle English manuscripts online, why not try our page dedicated to global Digitised Manuscript Collections?
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Resource page updated by Anna-Nadine Pike - last updated 25/01/22