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This journal collection enriches and deepens research about a wide range of authors from the medieval period. Try searching for references to anonymous texts by title, or for types of medieval texts, like lais or hagiographies.

Le Cygne: Journal of the International Marie de France Society, also publishes research on other Breton lais. And in Lectura Dantis you will find not only coverage of Dante but also, among others, Petrarch and Chrétien de Troyes.

Searching this module can lead researchers to a number of exciting interdisciplinary connections!

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This image group focuses on images related to medieval authors and texts. The collection contains illuminated manuscripts and portraits of authors, as well as images of significant art and architecture from the medieval period.

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About Medieval Authors and Texts

Supporting the study of key figures from 1000-1400 AD, the Lives of Literature collection includes 22 journals dedicated to Medieval authors and texts. These journals focus on a single author or text as an entry point to covering that writer and their sphere or era. This content fulfills a need within the scholarly community for in-depth study about individual authors and texts, while also supporting advanced literary studies on an entire age by adding more diverse coverage of a broader range of authors and of interpretive approaches. Touching on interdisciplinary fields including Art & Art History, Religion, and Philosophy, authors and texts covered within this cluster of journals include Dante, Marie de France, Thomas Aquinas, and La Celestina.

Selected External Resources

Medieval Studies Blogs

Medievalists of Color
Organization and blog run by a fellowship of medieval scholars who identify as persons of color and advocate for “a more inclusive, productive, and world-improving medieval studies.”

In the Middle
In the (Medieval) Middle is a “feminist, anti-racist, queer affirmative, refuge making space” — a blog that pushes back against white supremacist appropriation of the Middle Ages both within and outside of the field of medieval studies.


Medieval Manuscripts on the Web
A comprehensive list of digitized medieval manuscripts from around the world, assembled by a medieval scholar at the University of British Columbia.
Internet Medieval Sourcebook
Includes links to literary and historical primary sources, mostly in English translation. Also includes some secondary texts.
CELT (Corpus of Electronic Texts)
Corpus of mostly medieval Irish literary texts in Irish, Latin, Anglo-Norman, and French. Many texts are accompanied by critical introductions and background information; some are translated.
Digital Scriptorium
Digitized medieval manuscripts from American libraries and museums, freely available, including rare and understudied manuscripts.
Digital Dante
The Divine Comedy available in the original Italian as well as two different English translations, with commentary, illustrations, and some links to outside resources.


The Labyrinth
Comprehensive list of online resources for medieval studies, including but not limited to literary studies.
The ORB: On-line Reference Book for Medieval Studies
Includes a peer-reviewed online medieval studies encyclopedia, as well as links to online reference works, textbooks, and some primary sources.
Chaucer Metapage
Most comprehensive list of online resources about Chaucer and his works. Links to other Chaucer pages, bibliographies, secondary texts, pedagogical materials, and Chaucer’s works online.
Medieval Sources Bibliography
Annotated bibliography of medieval sources, in print and online. Created by Fordham University’s Center for Medieval Studies.
Electronic Middle English Dictionary
The world's largest searchable database of Middle English lexicon and usage for the period 1100-1500.

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Anonymous. Boethius Speaking to Philosophy. 1490. Woodcut. The Illustrated Bartsch. Vol. 87, German Book Illustration before 1500: Anonymous Artists, 1489-1491.

Flaxman, John. La divina comedia : cioè L’inferno, Il purgatorio ed Il paradiso / di Dante Alighieri. 1793. Engraving. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University

Pinelli, Bartolomeo. Divina commedia di Dante Alighieri: incisioni. 1826. Engraving. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University. 

Anonymous. The Triumph of Chastity (page from The Triumphs of Petrarch). Print. 1492-93. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Von Breytenbach, Bernhard. Peregrinatio in terram sanctam. Woodcut. 1486. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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