online resources for Early Romance studies

I first compiled this list for the UBC Early Romance Studies Research Cluster Site, and am simply copy-pasting it over here…

  • Last updated: 2012-03

For pre-1800 Romance languages, literatures, and culture; almost all are free and publicly-accessible, some (projects, usually) may require subscription.
• literature (including online texts)
• manuscript studies (and online manuscripts)
• cultural and contextual materials (history, art, music, science)

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.

RESOURCES LINGUISTIC AND LITERARY
RESOURCES FOR MANUSCRIPTS AND MANUSCRIPT STUDIES
RESOURCES CULTURAL:
→→ THE FOUR-STAR ONE-STOP RESOURCES
→→ THE COMPLETE LIST

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

RESOURCES LINGUISTIC AND LITERARY

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)

RESOURCES CULTURAL

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 (e.gg. Hortulus, Pecia, 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

THE FOUR-STAR ONE-STOP RESOURCES

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

CULTURE: THE COMPLETE LIST

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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