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French Field Examination - Research Guide: Middle Ages

This guide provides you with information and links in support of the French Field Examination

Nota Bene

The information on this page complements the listing of databases and E-books collections noted on this guide's Home page. 

Reference Works and Collections


ARLIMA - Les Archives de Litterature du Moyen Age.  -  Alphabetical access to bibliographies relating to authors and works in the Medieval period.

The Princeton Charrette Project is a complex, scholarly, multi-media electronic archive containing a medieval manuscript tradition—that of Chrétien de Troyes's Le Chevalier de la Charrette (Lancelot, ca. 1180). It was developed and maintained by Karl Uitti (Princeton University, Dept. of French and Italian) from 1994 to 2003. [© 1994 (1997), 

Internet Medieval Source Book.  

The Internet Medieval Sourcebook is organized as three main index pages, with a number of supplementary indices. Each individual section is still large - an organizational goal here is to avoid incessant "clicking" to get between pages and to information.

  • Selected Sources
    This is the main entry to the resources here. It consists of an links to an organized "index of selected and excerpted texts for teaching purposes."  For teachers who wish to refer students to the Sourcebook, this page is the best starting point.
  • Full Text Sources
    Full texts of medieval sources arranged according to type.
  • Saints' Lives
    Devoted to Ancient, Medieval and Byzantine hagiographical sources. 

ORB Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies - An academic site, written and maintained by medieval scholars.  Includes The Orb Encyclopedia and What every medievalist should know





Chanson de Roland

Chrétien de Troyes

Christine de Pizan

Christine de Pizan Digital Scriptorium  (Johns Hopkins University) - The goal of the Christine de Pizan Digital Scriptorium is to create an online library of all manuscripts containing the works by this author. We currently have digital surrogates of 56 of her works’ manuscripts, which represent the collection held at the BnF consortium, and our collection continues to grow. You can explore these manuscripts using our IIIF viewer.

Marie de France

Roman de la Rose

Le Roman de la Rose  (Johns Hopkins) -  The goal of the Roman de la Rose Digital Library is to create an online library of all manuscripts containing the 13th-century poem Roman de la Rose. We currently have digital surrogates of more than 130 Roman de la Rose manuscripts, and our collection continues to grow. These manuscripts can be explored using our IIIF viewer.

Reading the Roman de la Rose in Text and Images  (Margot Project - University of Waterloo) Includes ExcerptsManuscripts & editions|Miniatures

Reading the Roman de la Rose - Renaissance  - ((Margot Project - University of Waterloo) "One of the most consistent and significant features of literary defences of women composed between 1440 and 1538 is their engagement with Jean de Meun’s portion of Le Roman de la rose (...) in order to express opposition to the author’s alleged misogyny, lewd sexuality, and immoral use of language. In the varied and imaginative nature of these engagements, we find arguably the most dynamic literary activity of the querelle, from juridical fictions constructed to put on trial Jean de Meun himself (often alongside his supposed misogynist counterpart, Matheolus), to detailed blow-by-blow refutations of the Rose’s arguments, to inventive transformations of characters or episodes featured in the Rose that are designed to recuperate its fallen poetics." 

Francois Villon

Société François Villon.  An information center on studies relating to Villon with more than 500 links, to announce research and presentations, to follow electronic and paper publications, and to explore the historical, cultural and artistic contexts in which Villon wrote