About the Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse


This collection of Middle English texts was assembled from works contributed by University of Michigan faculty and from texts provided by the Oxford Text Archive, as well as works created specifically for the Corpus by the HTI. The HTI is grateful for the permission of all contributors. For more information on the source of individual titles, please consult the bibliography. All texts in the archive are valid SGML documents, tagged in conformance with the TEI Guidelines, and converted to the TEI Lite DTD for wider use.

The Humanities Text Initiative intends to develop the Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse into an extensive and reliable collection of Middle English electronic texts, either by converting the texts ourselves or by negotiating access to other collections produced to specified high standards of accuracy.

In 2006 new texts were added to the Corpus, many of them among the largest and most significant monuments of Middle English, including the Wycliffite Bible, both versions of Higden's Polychronicon, Cursor Mundi,, both versions of Guy of Warwick, the chronicles of Robert Mannyng and Robert of Gloucester, two versions of Mandeville's travels, Hoccleve's Regiment of Princes, the A, B, and C texts of Piers Plowman, the Pricke of Conscience, the Ormulum, and numerous saints' legends, including the Laud MS of the South English Legendary. The new texts also include the complete Chaucer Society '6-text' edition of the Canterbury Tales. The bulk of these additional texts, transcribed from modern editions, were produced during 2000 thanks to a generous grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

One text of the original CME (Marion Glasscoe's edition of Julian of Norwich, obtained from the Oxford Text Archive) has been removed at the request of its present publisher. The Corpus stands at 146 volumes.

The Compendium Staff welcomes comments and notes on any errors or problems encountered by users.


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