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Discovering Literature: Medieval

Over 50 medieval manuscripts and early printed books now on Discovering Literature

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In the latest phase of our Discovering Literature resource, we travel back to the medieval period to explore some of the earliest works of English literature including The Canterbury Tales, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the legends of King Arthur. From the single surviving manuscript of Beowulf to the first English work authored by a woman, the site provides access to over 50 captivating medieval manuscripts and early printed books, alongside expert articles on subjects such as epic poetry, monsters, dreams and riddles.

Highlights also include:

  • The Book of Margery Kempe, the earliest autobiography in English
  • The Wycliffite Bible, the first complete translation of the Bible in the English language
  • Tretise of Miraclis Pleyinge, the earliest work of theatre criticism in English
  • The Bannatyne Manuscript from the National Library of Scotland, one of the greatest collections of Scottish medieval verse 

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