19 July 2011

New e-Resource - British Literary Manuscripts: Medieval and Renaissance

A welcome addition to our e-resources collection is British Literary Manuscripts Online: Medieval and Renaissance.

This unique digital archive offers permanent access to hundreds of thousands of facsimile images of literary manuscripts - letters, poems, stories, plays, chronicles, religious writings, and other material, from between 1120 - 1660. (more detail)

It covers the works of more than 1,000 authors and provides insights into the culture and context surrounding centuries of British literary achievement.  This period witnessed the movement of literature from the elite to the masses, and revolutionary changes in society, religion, commerce and culture.

This collection includes many rare and previously inaccessible works from the British Library, and many of the Harvester Microfilm collections of manuscripts. Highlights include:
  • Anglo-Saxon Chronicle: The Abingdon Chronicle II (Cotton MS. Tiberius B i.)
  • William Langland's Visio Willelmi de Petro Ploughman or "William's Vision of Piers Ploughman"
  • Marie de France's Le Lai de Launval
  • Sermo Lupi ad Anglos - "The Sermon of the Wolf" by Wulfstan II, Archbishop of York (Cotton Nero A. i)
British Literary Manuscripts Online: Medieval and Renaissance is an invaluable resource for English, History, and Religious Studies.

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