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What Is British Medieval Literature?
British medieval literature is the prose and poetry of the inhabitants of the British isles (including present-day England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland). It spans the time from the departure of the Romans from Britain (c. 400) until the establishment of the House of Tudor under Henry VII (1485). This literature includes genres ranging from historical records of invasion and conquest to fictional tales of heroes and monsters.
First manuscript page of The Canterbury Tales First manuscript page of Beowulf
Huntington Library MS EL 26 C 9 British Library Cotton MS Vitellius A.xv
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Why Study British Medieval Literature?
Interlaced dogs from the Lindisfarne Gospels (c. 700AD)
Miscellaneous Good Medieval Links:
The Labyrinth: http://labyrinth.georgetown.edu/
The ORB - On-line Reference Book for Medieval Studies: http://www.the-orb.net/
(College of Staten Island, City University of New York)
(Private company; great historical resources)
Luminarium's Middle English Page: http://www.luminarium.org/medlit/
(Independent editor, but excellent content)
Anglo-Saxon History: A Select Bibliography: http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/research/rawl/keynesbib/home.htm
(Western Michigan University; Dr. Simon Keynes)
The Medieval Institute: http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/
(Western Michigan University; home of the annual International Congress on Medieval Studies)
Medieval Academy of America: http://www.medievalacademy.org/
(Professional organization; sponsor of annual Medieval Academy conference)
žęs ofereode; žisses swa męg.
This page was last updated on 09/22/05.