UPDATE 04/13/2016: See Medieval Digital Projects for further links to major projects (growing). And also the Geoffrey Chaucer course page from Harvard, which includes interlinear translations of The Canterbury Tales.
UPDATE 12/15/2015: See this wonderful collection of databases at BYU’s Harold B. Lee Library. I haven’t had time to update my own collection, but since I see people keep using it, I thought this BYU page is knowledge you can use!
In part because it will be useful to my students, who are starting their papers about now, and in part because it’s useful to have this sort of information collated in one place, I’ve collected below some of the resources I have found most useful for teaching (and researching) medieval studies. In some ways this is an updated version of my “web links” page, but with a specific focus on teaching, and the links are current as of March 25, 2013.
General Source collections:
Internet Medieval Sourcebook, http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/Sbook.html
The ORB, Online Reference Book, http://www.the-orb.net/
[NOTE: The ORB went off line some time in 2015. You can access the old website via the Way Back Machine, https://web.archive.org/web/20150327051852/http://the-orb.net/]
The Labyrinth, from Georgetown. Not always easy to use, or current, but can still guide you to sources NOT on the Fordham site, http://labyrinth.georgetown.edu/.
De Re Militari, the Society for the Study of Medieval Military History, http://deremilitari.org/. Name says it all.
The British Library, Digitized Manuscripts, http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/, and more specifically the Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts, http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/illuminatedmanuscripts/welcome.htm. Put any terms into the ‘quick search’ box–chivalry, medicine, war, kingship, crusade–and see what comes up. Or you can search by manuscript number.
Medieval Women: primary sources from Fordham, http://www.fordham.edu/Halsall/women/womensbook.asp#Medieval%20Europe. Primary sources from Monastic Matrix, http://monasticmatrix.org/cartularium/browse. And, as regards secondary sources, Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index, http://inpress.lib.uiowa.edu/feminae/Default.aspx.
Medieval Genealogy website, resources, http://www.medievalgenealogy.org.uk/sources/olmed.shtml. This is a wonderful site, with a lot of excellent resources and references on a variety of English documents, heraldry, funeral monuments, charters, probate records, etc.
The Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts, http://manuscripts.cmrs.ucla.edu/index.php. Meant more for those who already know their manuscript shelfmark; the search feature is tricky to use otherwise.
Middle English texts, from the TEAMS project at the University of Rochester, http://www.lib.rochester.edu/camelot/teams/tmsmenu.htm.
Luminarium: Anthology of English Literature, http://www.luminarium.org/. Resources on all variety of English literature–medieval selections include Chaucer, Gower, Gawain and the Green Knight, Langland, Julian of Norwich, Margery Kempe, Malory, Lydgate, Hoccleve, the Paston Letters, medieval plays, and medieval lyrics, and the Everyman texts.
The upper basilica of Assisi, scenes from the life of Saint Francis, http://manuscripts.cmrs.ucla.edu/index.php.
Resources on Medieval Philosophy, http://www.grosseteste.com/sources.htm.
Medieval Martial Arts sites and resources, particularly HEMAC, http://www.hemac.org/, the Martial Arts Treatise Database, http://www.middleages.hu/english/martialarts/treatise_database.php, Schola Gladiatoria, http://www.fioredeiliberi.org/fiore/, and ARMA, http://www.thearma.org/. A list of sites that I’ve put together on medieval sword craft, manuscripts, and practice: http://milesstrenuus.wordpress.com/european-martial-arts/. Some of these links are out of date
Specific Chronicles and Documentary Sources:
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, http://omacl.org/Anglo/.
The parent site, OMACL, which has the Lay of the Cid, a couple of the Song of Roland, and a number of Icelandic Sagas, http://omacl.org/author.html
Medieval Medicine: a somewhat eclectic collection of links, with rather loud medieval music on the home page, http://digilander.libero.it/camdic/MEDIEVAL%20MEDICINE.htm. UCLA Index of Medieval Medical Images, http://digital.library.ucla.edu/immi/. The MacKinney Collection of Medieval Medical Illustrations, http://www.lib.unc.edu/dc/mackinney/about.html. And a brief bibliography, http://www.maggietron.com/med/sources.php.
Franciscan Resources, http://www.franciscan-archive.org/index2.html. A number of the documents here do NOT have English translations, but the ones that do can be very useful for research.
Primary and Secondary sources on the military orders (Templars, Teutonic Knights, Hospitallers), from the ORB. http://the-orb.net/encyclop/religion/monastic/milindex.html
The Calendar of the Patent Rolls, http://sdrc.lib.uiowa.edu/patentrolls/search.html. Fully searchable. A goldmine for people researching medieval England, from the crown’s perspective.
Medieval Spanish sources, http://libro.uca.edu/title.htm. A truly remarkable collection of primary and secondary sources in pdf format.
Froissart: There are several different online editions and translations of Froissart that are excellent for classroom use and basic research: The Online Froissart, a particularly outstanding project with different transcriptions from the French, and English translations, http://www.hrionline.ac.uk/onlinefroissart/apparatus.jsp?type=summary. A more basic edition, the 1805 translation by Thomas Johnes, http://www.maisonstclaire.org/resources/chronicles/froissart/froissartschronicle.html.
William of Newburgh’s History, from the 1861 translation, http://www.fordham.edu/Halsall/basis/williamofnewburgh-intro.asp
Gerald of Wales, The Topography of Ireland, The Conquest of Ireland, The Itinerary Through Wales, and The Description of Wales, downloadable as a PDF, http://archive.org/details/historicalworkso00girauoft.
The Itinerarium Peregrinorum et Gesta Regis Ricardi, PDF translation from In Parentheses, http://www.yorku.ca/inpar/richard_of_holy_trinity.pdf. Selection from the same, with an introduction by Richard Abels, http://www.usna.edu/Users/history/abels/hh381/Itinerary%20of%20Richard%20I_march.htm.
Baha ad-Din’s Life of Saladin, downloadable from archive.org, the 1897 edition, http://archive.org/details/libraryofpalesti13paleuoft.
Thomas Gray’s Scalacronica, the 1836 edition, downloadable, http://archive.org/details/scalacronica00unkngoog.
Irish Literature, http://www.maryjones.us/ctexts/index_irish.html. This being a rather complex, and less-studied subject, a reading list, http://www-bcf.usc.edu/~bitel/MedievalIrelandList.htm, might be helpful. And some specific Irish chronicles: the Annals of the Four Masters, http://www.ucc.ie/celt/published/T100005A/index.html, the Annals of Ulster, http://www.ucc.ie/celt/published/T100001A/index.html, the Annals of Innisfallen, http://www.ucc.ie/celt/published/T100004/index.html, and a bit up northeast of Ireland, the Chronicon Scotorum http://www.ucc.ie/celt/published/T100016/. Finally, “Nationality and Kingship in pre-Norman Ireland” might be of interest, http://www.ucc.ie/celt/nation_kingship.html.