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Middle English Compendium

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The Middle English Compendium has been designed to offer easy access to and interconnectivity between three major Middle English electronic resources: an electronic version of the Middle English Dictionary, a HyperBibliography of Middle English prose and verse, based on the MED bibliographies, and a Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse, as well as links to an associated network of electronic resources.

The Electronic Middle English Dictionary

he print MED, completed in 2001, has been described as "the greatest achievement in medieval scholarship in America." Its 15,000 pages offer a comprehensive analysis of lexicon and usage for the period 1100-1500, based on the analysis of a collection of over three million citation slips, the largest collection of this kind available. This electronic version of the MED preserves all the details of the print MED, but goes far beyond this, by converting its contents into an enormous database, searchable in ways impossible within any print dictionary.

HyperBibliography of Middle English

The HyperBibliography includes all the Middle English materials which are cited in the Middle English Dictionary. Although this is not an exhaustive bibliography of Middle English writing, it offers the most comprehensive single list of ME materials at present available in electronic form, and is searchable in multiple ways. Titles of Middle English texts usually follow those in A Manual of the Writings in Middle English, but with normalized spelling. Once you retrieve a list of works or authors or manuscripts by browsing or searching, click on any item to move to a page of information about manuscripts, editions, bibliographical and LALME references, and MED title stencils.

Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse

This collection of Middle English texts was assembled from works contributed by University of Michigan faculty and from texts provided by the Oxford Text Archive, as well as works created specifically for the Corpus by the HTI. The HTI is grateful for the permission of all contributors. The archive was last updated in February 2006. For more information on the source of individual titles, please consult the bibliography.

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