Middle English Reading Group

Bevis of Hampton slays a flying adder with a spear handle,
an illustration by John Vernon Lord for 'Bevis of Hampton'
in 'British Myths and Legends', edited by Richard Barber,
The Folio Society, 1998.

All are welcome to come along, at whatever reading level you are; no familiarity with Middle English is required.

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Online Middle English Dictionary

Next Meeting

Monday 1 October at 11.00 in room 261, John Medley East.

We'll continue Bevis of Hampton from line 4209.  The TEAMS text is available on the Four Romances of England web page. This edition is based on the Auchinleck manuscript and if you would like to work from this text, you can view it on the The Auchinleck Manuscript website. This includes transcriptions of the manuscript and images of each page (go to the transcription and click on the icon of the manuscript leaf to go to the relevant images).

Previous Texts

William Caxton's 'Golden Legend'

The Man of Law's Tale

The Shepherds’ Play (N-Town Cycle)

Sir Thopas

The Awntyrs off Arthur

Confessio Amantis

Hoccleve’s Letter of Cupid


The Owl and the Nightingale


The Brut of England

King Horn

Alliterative Morte Arthure

Piers Plowman

The Parlement of the Thre Ages

Wynnere and Wastoure

The Book of the Duchess

Sir Launfal

Havelok the Dane


The Summoner’s Tale

The Friar’s Tale

The Second Shepherds’ Play (Towneley Cycle)

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Orfeo

The Reeve’s Tale