Medieval literature

Literature of the Medieval Period; Medieval Texts, Medieval Poets and Authors
A Comprehensive List of Websites


Arthurian Romance *

Arthurian Studies. Arthurian websites.

Arthurian Resources
A survey of recent academic research into the Arthurian legend, including history and bibliographies, by Thomas Gree, a post-graduate researcher at the University of Oxford.

The Arthurian studies journal and the quarterly of the International Arthurian Society.

Brittania King Arthur Site. The History, the Legend, the King.
A collection of historical materials, primary and secondary texts and images.

Arthurian Romance, Wikipedia entry.

King Arthur and the Holy Grail
A website offering information, maps, images, articles and a large set of links.

Merlin Biography
A descriptive biography of the Merlin character.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
An introduction and online texts of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. The site also has essays and articles, as well as links to study resources and a list of books helpful for further study.

Averroës. Ibn Rushd
On the Harmony of Religions and Philosophy. Medieval Sourcebook



Studying Beowulf
The Electronic Beowulf. Electronic Beowulf is designed to meet the needs of general readers, who require a full, line by line, translation; of students, who want to understand the grammar and the meter and still have time in a semester to study and appreciate other important aspects of the poem; and of scholars, who want immediate access to a critical apparatus identifying the nearly 2000 eighteenth-century restorations, editorial emendations, and manuscript-based conjectural restorations.

Byzantine literature *

Byzantine literature, Wikipedia entry.

Byzantine texts, in Greek.

Byzantine literary forms, an article.


Cambridge History of Literature
From the Beginnings to the cycles of Romance. Old English poetry, The Arthurian Legends, Metrical Romances.


Courtly love in Medieval literature. Wikipedia


Drama, Medieval drama, passion plays *

Articles on Medieval theatre

The Official Chester Mystery Plays Website

French Medieval Drama Database Project
Bibliographies and manuscripts.

Medieval and Renaissance Drama Texts

Mystery plays, Wikipedia entry.

Passion play, Wikipedia entry.

The York Mystery plays

English Medieval literature *

Chaucer, Geoffrey *

Chaucer, Geoffrey. Geoffrey Chaucer

eChaucer presents a gathering of the essentials for the study of Chaucer in the digital age.

The Canterbury Tales Project

Geoffrey Chaucer, Wikipedia entry.

The Canterbury Tales, in original Old English.

Canterbury Tales. Plain text version.

Caxton’s Chaucer
Complete digitized texts of Caxton’s two earliest editions of the Canterbury Tales. The British Library.

Chaucer Metapage
A project in addition to the 33rd International Congress of Medieval Studies


Chaucer Page by Harvard University

The Canterbury Tales, Wikipedia entry.

Troilus and Criseyde

Troilus and Criseyde

The Legend of Good Women

Medieval authors. A list from NetSerf

Arthurian Romance, Wikipedia entry.

Gower, John *

Gower, John. John Gower, Wikipedia entry.

Confessio Amantis, or, Tales of the Seven Deadly Sins
Project Gutenberg

Complete works at

The Gower Projecet

John Gower
Life, works, essays.

Langland, William *

Langland, William. William Langland. Wikipedia entry

International Piers Plowman Society

Malory, Sir Thomas *

Sir Thomas Malory.  Le Morte d’Arthur.  The Death of Arthur


French Medieval literature *

The Song of Roland, Wikipedia entry.

The Song of Roland

Froissart. The Chronicles of Froissart.
Text translated from the original French by John Bourchier, Lord Berners.

Ballads Lyrics and Poems of Old France
At Project Gutenberg

Laboratoire de L’Ancien Français
Old French texts.

L’Encyclopédie médiévale.
A good collection of OF texts.

Bibliotheca Augustana.
A collection of online OF texts.

La Citadelle
An online magazine of Medieval life and culture,

Chanson de Geste
Wikipedia entry.

Internet Medieval Sourcebook – Selected Sources: France

Lectures on Medieval Literature
Online lectures at The Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies.

Medieval French Literature, Wikipedia entry.

The Troubadour, Wikipedia entry.

Eight stages of The Song of Roland in one picture

Chrétien de Troyes *


The Charrette Project 2.Chrétien de Troyes’s Le Chevalier de la Charrette
Baylor University

Works by Chrétien de Troyes
Project Gutenberg

An English translation of parts of the Chrétien de Troyes story

Dictionnaire Électronique de Chrétien de Troyes
ATILF/CNRS-Nancy Université and LFA/Université d’Ottawa
François Villon

Biography, Bibliography, Analysis, Plot overview
(in French)

Villon *

Works by François Villon
Project Gutenberg


Germanic mythology, German medieval authors and poets *

Grimm’s Teutonic Mythology
A collection of Germanic Mythology compiled by the Grimm Brothers.

The Lay of Hildebrandslied

Hildebrandslied. Text
Althochdeutsches Lesebuch

Hildebrandslied. Manuscript and transcription.
Bibliotheca Augustana


Nibelungenlied, Wikipedia entry.

The Nibelungenlied 
Translated into Rhymed English verse in the metre of the original.

Authors, poets *

Gottfried von Strassburg *

Gottfried von Strassburg
Wikipedia entry.

A Musical Translation by Lee Stavenhagen

Eschenbach, Wolfram von *

Wolfram von Eschenbach
Wikipedia entry.

Wolfram von Eschenbach. Works
(Middle High German)

List of Parzival manuscripts.


Gothic architecture, Gothic churches.


Icelandic Medieval literature *

Icelandic Medieval Literature
Cornell University


Internet Medieval Sourcebook
Early Fathers, Middle English, Medieval Thought, Historiography.

Italian Medieval literature *

Italian literature, Wikipedia entry.

I classici italiani in HTML Nuovo Rinascimento
Many Full texts, all in Italian. Bibliografia ‘Aperta’ dei Classici Italiani in Rete. A cura di Danilo Romei.

Giovanni Boccaccio *

The Decameron
Full text of English translation.

The Decameron
The Decameron Web Project, a dedicated Decameron website. In Italian and English.

Dante *

Dante Alighieri. Digital Dante Project

Dante Alighieri, Wikipedia entry.

Dante Alighieri on the Web

The World of Dante
The World of Dante is a multi-media research tool intended to facilitate the study of the Divine Comedy through a wide range of offerings.

Dante Dartmouth Project
Full text of more than 70 Italian, Latin, and English commentaries on the Commedia, ranging in date from 1322.

The Divine Comedy

The Divine Comedy

Petrarch *

Petrarch: Fifty-three poems from the Canzoniere.

The Petrarchian Grotto, Petrarch etexts.

Julian of Norwich
The Luminarium Julian of Norwich page. Here you will find a biography and online texts of her Revelations. The site also has essays and articles, as well as links to study resources and a list of books helpful for further study.


Latin texts, manuscripts, national literatures, etc.

Legends. Medieval legends, folklore, ballads and personages.
A personal journey through the worlds of Robin Hood, King Arthur, D’Artagnan and other swashbuckling characters of balladry, fiction, and film, from the shores of Avalon to the dungeons of Zenda.


Malory, Sir Thomas. Sir Thomas Malory
An introduction, with texts of  Le Morte dArthur (The Death of Arthur).

Manuscripts *

See also: Manuscripts

Bodlean Library, Oxford. Western manuscripts.

Digital Scriptorium
An image database of dated and datable medieval and renaissance manuscripts, intended to unite scattered resources into an international tool for teaching and scholarly research.

A site designed to facilitate the teaching of paleography, in particular the study of the history of Western European handwriting.

Early Manuscripts at Oxford University
Digital facsimiles of complete manuscripts, scanned directly from the originals

Manuscripts, Paleography, Codicology.

The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies,  Georgetown University.

Old English Manuscripts Archive

Medieval texts, internet sites *

Medieval Literature and Culture Links

Medieval Multimedia
A site promoting and disseminating projects relating to the digitization of medieval texts and manuscripts. It contains information about current projects, online courses available, and publications.

Medieval Studies Online
A site from Poland. Regional resources, listed alphabetically. Meliton


Nibelung *

Wikipedia entry.

The Ring of the Nibelung, an illustrated synopsis.


Old English Manuscripts Archive


Text archives *

Old English Manuscripts Archive

Medieval, Byzantine Full Text Sources

Internet Medieval Sourcebook from Fordham University
Full Text Sources for Medieval History

Church Councils

Writings of the Church Fathers

Late Antiquity




Modern Historiography

Literary Texts

Medieval Thought

Medieval Spiritual Writing

Governmental, Administrative and Legal Documents

Reformation Texts

The Early Church Fathers Series – Ante-Nicene, Nicene, and Post Nicene


Wikipedia entry on Medieval literature

Middle Eastern/Persian Literature *

Ancient, Medieval, Byzantine full text sources (Fordham University).

Bodlean Library, Oxford University. 
Department of Oriental Collections

Classical texts (from M.I.T). Oriental, 
Arabaic classical texts.

Middle Eastern / Eastern Mediterranean / Levant literature.
Reviews, writers, books from Lebanon, Egypt, Israel (from Almashriq).