Funded with $120,000 by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Medieval Academy has produced thirty-eight “Retrospective Digital Editions of Print Editions Published by The Medieval Academy of America, 1925–2001”, half of which had gone out of print. These electronic texts include “editions of Medieval Latin, [and the] major vernaculars: Arabic, Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, and Welsh. Poetry and music are found in addition to prose works. By treating literary, philosophical, scientific, commercial, documentary, political, and religious texts, the project will provide multiple points of entry to the Middle Ages.” All thirty-eight are currently available in PDF format, entirely free of charge (though still under copyright protection), with HTML-formatted versions to come.
There’s plenty of variety here, so medievalists of all stripes are bound to find at least a few treasures. Some of the highlights for me, which I’ve already downloaded:
- Hammer, Jacob, ed. Geoffrey of Monmouth, Historia regum Britanniae: A Variant Version Edited from Manuscripts. Medieval Academy Books, No. 57 (1951)
- O’Neill, Patrick P. King Alfred’s Old English Prose Translation of the First Fifty Psalms. Medieval Academy Books, No. 104 (2001) [SCORE! :)]
- Parry, John Jay. Brut Y Brenhinedd: Cotton Cleopatra Version. Medieval Academy Books, No. 27 (1937)
- Selmer, Carl. Middle High German Translations of the Regula Sancti Benedicti: The Eight Oldest Versions. Medieval Academy Books, No. 17 (1933)