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Gregorius Reisch, Margarita Philosophica (1517)

For pre-1800 Romance languages, literatures, and culture; almost all are free and publicly-accessible, some (projects, usually) may require subscription.


Pygmalion and Galatea; woodcut, Guillaume de Lorris & Jean de Meun, Le Roman de la Rose (c. 1505)


Dictionaries, texts, projects and hyperprojects, and online libraries and metasites. Includes some Latin (e.g. Perseus) and some general-purpose sites, useful across all periods and languages (e.g. Project Gutenberg).

→ SEE ALSO: online resources for MANUSCRIPTS and on MANUSCRIPT STUDIES (palaeography, codicology, digital philology)

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Gregorius Reisch, Margarita Philosophica (1517)


The backdrop to the pre-1800 Romance literary world: history, geography, manuscripts, palaeography, music, art and architecture, science, links to museum and library sites (e.g. c/o Ménestrel), digitization and other hyper-projects, contemporary Medievalist and Renaissanceur virtual life ( HortulusPecia, Renaissance Lit, and c/o O’Brien’s blogography), and four-star resources (mostly major multi-purpose meta-sites).

→ SEE ALSO: online resources for MANUSCRIPTS and on MANUSCRIPT STUDIES (palaeography, codicology, digital philology)

Receiving revelation: Saint John the Divine / of Patmos


Major multi-purpose meta-sites. Modus operandi: based on the Michelin star system. The following not only satisfy every criterion for the award of one, two and three stars; they transcend the requirements for the latter, being as they are at the meta-level. Hence four stars. NB: there is some overlap with those sites awarded three stars for their coverage of manuscript matters; the two are not mutually exclusive, as the latter category is at a less “meta” level (subset vs. superset).

  • **** Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, UCLA (links page)
  • **** Consortium: medieval resources on the web (Michigan State University)
  • **** Globe-Gate: Medieval and Renaissance sections of Tennessee Bob’s Famous French Links (University of Tennessee)
  • **** Internet Medieval Sourcebook (Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies / Paul Halsall, ORB sources editor)
  • **** Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (University of Toronto Libraries)
  • **** Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies (Georgetown University)
  • **** Ménestrel: possibly the best and most up-to-date centralised resource for links to (mainly European) libraries and museums (the Sorbonne & Poitiers libraries, Centre d’études supérieures de civilisation médiévale – Poitiers/CNRS, Centre de recherches archéologiques et historiques anciennes et médiévales – Caen, Centre de recherches historiques CNRS/EHESS, Central European University – Budapest, École nationale des chartes, IRHT, Laboratoire de médiévistique occidentale de Paris – CNRS/Université Paris 1-Sorbonne, Université Catholique de Louvain, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Université de Nancy 2)
  • **** NetSerf: The Internet Connection for Medieval Resources (The Catholic University of America)
  • **** ORB: The Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies (College of Staten Island, City University of New York)
  • **** PIMS: Internexus: online resources (Pontifical Insitute of Mediaeval Studies)
  • **** RSA: Renaissance Society of America links database: from antiquity to ca. 1700
  • **** Wikipedia

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Matfré Ermengau, Breviari d'amor (late 13th c.): the seven liberal arts


Women at Work: currently under construction
NB: under construction, in progress, and doubtless destined to be ever-expanding…

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Image sources: Wikimedia Commons.

Except for:
Second-last image: Carlos Miranda García. “Sistemas mnemónicos en el árbol del amor: una aproximación a la iconografía del
Breviari d’Amor de Matfre Ermengaud (Escorial, ms. S.I. n.° 3)“. Cuadernos de arte e iconografia 6 (November 1993); Revistas Virtuales de la Fundación Universitaria Española.

Last image: Juliet O’Brien, “Women at Work–site under construction,” originally made for the now-defunct The Rose of the Romance (Princeton U, 2003); image derived from the cover of Madeline Pelner Cosman, Women at Work in Medieval Europe (New York: 1st ed., Facts on File, 2001; ISBN 9780816031252).

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