Here’s where I keep a running list of recommended resources. Whether your interest is medieval manuscripts, languages, or animal lore, there’s something here for you.
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- The Medieval Bestiary – An amazing database of medieval animals.
- British Library Medieval Manuscripts Blog – Fun, user-friendly blog posts about medieval stuff, illustrated with beautiful images from the British Library’s collection.
- beoshewulf blog – Explores interactions between the medieval and modern worlds through literature, history and art and reports on medievalist events, conferences and classes.
- Getting Medieval with Comics – A blog about the medieval, comics, and medieval comics, exploring what it means to be human in the Middle Ages.
- Medievalists.net – Articles and links to papers on everything medieval.
- Discarding Images – Probably my favourite medieval Tumblr, amusing medieval images that are very well cited.
- Sexy Codicology – Making codicology (i.e., the study of books as physical objects, especially manuscripts) sexy one post at a time.
- Erik Kwakkel – A medieval book historian’s Tumblr of medieval book eye candy.
- A Clerk of Oxford – A blog about the literature and history of medieval England, as well as about saints, churches, folklore, Vikings, etc.
- Made of Wynn – Medieval posts, book/movie reviews, and a store that sells wonderfully geeky Old English products.
- Open Marginalis – A selection of digitized medieval manuscripts working to guide new users to open collections for casual and scholarly use.
- Medium Aevum – Medieval art, literature, architecture, music, history, geography, warfare, way of living, language, and culture.
- Demonagerie – A Tumblr devoted to images of demons, many of which are medieval.
- Medieval Bex – Late medieval and early modern reading history and literature, connecting medieval and contemporary book production, publishing, and Digital Humanities.
- An (Almost) Anglo-Saxonist – Thinking about Anglo-Saxon things and creative and cultural practices today.
- The Pilgrimages – Journeys and stories about Anglo-Saxon and post-1930s poetry.
- Manuscript Journeys – A metaphoric journey through manuscripts to different centuries, cultures, places and themes.
- Bosworth-Toller Anglo-Saxon Dictionary – Look up Old English words.
- Toronto Dictionary of Old English – Much more thorough (think Oxford English Dictionary for Old English), only includes words beginning with A-G so far. Get 20 free logins per year, or if you’re affiliated with a university, check to see if the library has a subscription.
- A Thesaurus of Old English – Search for Old English words by subject rather than alphabetically.
- Old English Translator – Translate an Old English word to modern English or vice versa.
- Old English Wordhord – Old English Word of the Day blog.
- Þæt Eald-Ænglisce Blog – Great post on Old English alphabet and pronunciation.
- Old English Poetry – Database of poetry written in Old English, glossed but not translated.
- The Riddle Ages – Provides texts, translations, and commentary of the Old English riddles in the Exeter Book.
- Old English Physiologus – PDF facing-page translation by A. S. Cook.
- Electronic Beowulf – Line by line translations, critical apparatus, images from the actual manuscript, and much much more.
- Beowulf Translations – Compare over 100 different translations of Beowulf, from the beginning of the 19th century to the present.
- Wikipǣdia – Wikipedia in Old English. Why not.
- METRO – Middle English Teaching Resources Online.
- TEAMS Middle English Texts – Middle English texts available online.
Medieval Manuscript Digital Collections
- British Library Digitised Manuscripts – Search the British Library’s collection of digitised manuscripts.
- The Digital Walters – More than 900 illuminated manuscripts digitised by The Walters Art Museum.
- LUNA – Digitised medieval and renaissance manuscripts at the Bodleian Library.
- Wren Digital Library – Digitised collections from the Library of Trinity College, Cambridge.
- Europeana Regia – A virtual library of the most important European royal collections of documents from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.