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This is a list of resources relevant to studying the Middle Ages, Chaucer, and Middle English literature.


Chaucer Bibliographies

The Life, Death, and Afterlife of Geoffrey Chaucer (a collaborative Zotero library) - This library was compiled by a class at Georgia Tech in the fall of 2012. We are also the group that established this wiki.

Middle English Dictionaries and Glossaries

The Middle English Dictionary Online - As described on the project website: "The 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."

The Middle English Compendium - This source has an excellent compilation of links pertaining to other electronic sources that facilitate the learning and understanding of Middle English.

A Basic Chaucer Glossary - This is a glossary of some of the most commonly used words in Chaucer's works. Each of the words presented in this source is paired with its modern English translation.

Resources on Reading Middle English

Teach yourself to read Chaucer's Middle English - This website gives users the tools needed to gain a better understanding of how to read Middle English. As stated on the site, the source provides "the user with the means to learn to pronounce Chaucer's English and to acquire an elementary knowledge of Chaucer's grammar and vocabulary. It does not offer much on matters of style and versification and has almost nothing on the literary qualities of Chaucer's work. The users who work conscientiously through these materials should be ready to study such matters on their own (beginning with the materials on the Geoffrey Chaucer Website, and exploring other sources both on and off the Web)."

Digital Editions

eChaucer This website has curated some of Chaucer's most relevant works, their translations, images, and other sources pertaining to those works. As described on the wesite: "eChaucer presents a gathering of the essentials for the study of Chaucer in the digital age. The site will be built around a few practical tools, the complete works of Chaucer, a modern English translation, a complete concordance, as well as an image gallery, chronology, and glossary."

The Electronic Canterbury Tales This website is essentially a compendium for various Chaucerian electronic sources and companions to The Canterbury Tales.

Learning Resources

The Life, Death, and Afterlife of Geoffrey Chaucer - Created by the group responsible for this wiki, this site was originally made by Dr. Robin Wharton and had multiple contributions made by students enrolled in Georgia Institute of Technology's medieval studies class. The site consists of a compilation of blogs that focus on a general study about Chaucer, as well as some of his works.

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