MEMS subject guide



Online subject resources

Most of the resources below are freely available on the internet. In addition, the Library subscribes to a vast range of online resources: see other pages within this guide for subscription e-books, bibliographic databases, and online reference works.

Online tutorials

Subject gateways

Medieval and early modern resources

  • ORB: online reference book for medieval studies
  • Labyrinth (University of Georgetown)
  • NetSERF: index to medieval resources
  • Literary Resources - Medieval (Rutgers University)
  • Luminarium: medieval, Renaissance and 17th century English literature
  • Middle English Compendium: a collection of resources including the Middle English dictionary, a hyperbibliography of Middle English prose and verse and a corpus of Middle English prose and verse.
  • Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi: medieval stained glass
  • Parliament rolls of medieval England: full text and translation of the meetings of the English parliament from Edward I to Henry VII, 1272 to 1504
  • Medieval sources online: full text books from Manchester University Press plus links to world wide sources in medieval history
  • Bayeux Tapestry Digital Edition: full images of the tapestry, plus commentary, maps and genealogies
  • Shakespeare Quartos Archive
  • State Papers Online 1509-1714: Access to all four parts:
    • Part I: The Tudors (Henry VIII to Elizabeth I), 1509-1603: State Papers Domestic
    • Part II: The Tudors, 1509-1603: State Papers Foreign, Scotland, Borders,Ireland and Registers of the Privy Council
    • Part III: The Stuarts and Commonwealth, James I - Anne I, 1603-1714: State Papers Domestic
    • Part III: The Stuarts and Commonwealth, James I - Anne I, 1603-1714: State Papers Domestic
  • Parker Library on the web - an interactive, web-based workspace designed to support use and study of the manuscripts in the historic Parker Library at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

Other specialist sites


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Evaluate website content

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Last Updated: 03/09/2013