Middle English Compendium

Middle English Compendium
Open Access

The Middle English Compendium contains 3 free resources on Middle English: the Middle English Dictionary, a Bibliography of Middle English prose and verse, and a Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse.

  1. Middle English Dictionary is the electronic version of the print publication Middle English Dictionary, originally issued by University of Michigan from 1952-2011. It offers a comprehensive analysis of lexicon and usage for the period 1100-1500. It is based on nearly 3,000,000 quotations from primary sources, and each definition lists primary source quotations exemplifying word use. The electronic version has been updated with additional entries and corrections, making it an improvement over the print original.

  2. Bibliography of Middle English is an index of nearly all the manuscripts and editions that are cited in the Middle English Dictionary. While not an exhaustive bibliography of Middle English writing, it offers the most comprehensive single list of Middle English materials.

  3. Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse is a searchable collection of Middle English text. This is not an exhaustive linguistic corpus, but it allows one to see examples of word, phrase, and collocation usage in a large body of material.
Dates covered


University of Michigan