Middle English Reading Group

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

To be added to the mailing list for notices please email Andrew Stephenson: andrewws@unimelb.edu.au.


Online Middle English Dictionary

Middle English Basic Pronunciation and Grammar

An Introduction to Middle English - California State University site

Online Etymological Dictionary

J. A. Burrow and Thorlac Turville-Petre, A Book of Middle English, Blackwell 1992, 2nd ed. 1996.

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on Monday 27 May, 11:00-12:00 via Zoom.  Email andrewws@unimelb.edu.au for connection details.

We'll be continuing Henryson’s Testament of Cresseid from line 452.  An online version is at https://d.lib.rochester.edu/teams/text/kindrick-poems-of-robert-henryson-testament-of-cresseid.

Henryson’s poem is also included in Stephen Barney’s Norton edition of Troilus.

The “standard” edition is that of Henryson’s works by Oxford UP by Denton Fox.

Previous Texts

The Middle English Reading Group started in 2002. Since then we have read:

  • Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde
  • Psalm 23
  • Ywain and Gawain
  • Bevis of Hampton
  • 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
  • Patience
  • The Owl and the Nightingale
  • Polychronicon
  • 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
  • Pearl
  • 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