The heart of the compendium remains the electronic MED, containing the complete Middle English Dictionary, A-Z. The electronic version comprises all 115 fascicles of the print Dictionary, or about 14,940 pages. It contains exactly 54,081 entries and 891,531 quotations, of which better than 99.6% have been linked to the corresponding entries in the HyperBibliography. Manuscript abbreviations and shelfmarks have been added to the stencils for these linked quotations, and the date and occasionally the form of the stencil have been revised.
MED links to HyperBibliography
Most MED stencils have been linked to the corresponding entries in the HyperBibliography, and have been enlarged (as compared to the print MED) by the addition of the MS abbreviation and shelfmark to every linked MED stencil.
The current status of any stencil in MED entries or search results is shown by its font weight. Bold links are complete, supply MSS details, and link reliably to the appropriate HyperBibliography entries. Normal links are under development, and use a rudimentary matching process. We make them available as a valuable temporary resource, but they must be used with caution. They may:
You may easily confirm that a normal stencil link has taken you to the correct HyperBibliography entry by comparing the MED and HyperBibliography stencils for date, title and MS details.
The HyperBibliography contains 5,522 entries covering 8,608 stencils and approximately 2,372 manuscripts or early prints cited by the MED. These comprise entries for all MED stencils except those introduced in the final fascicles of the Dictionary, a few from earlier fascicles that were inadvertently missed, and a few that fall into special categories (e.g., those for quotations taken from the Oxford English Dictionary slip collection).
Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse
To the 61 searchable texts of the original CME have now been added 85 additional texts, 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.
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