The Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse

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A collection of transcriptions of 13th, 14th and 15th century texts in Middle English.


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The Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse is a collection of Middle English texts, assembled from a number of sources including University of Michigan faculty, the Oxford Text Archive, and the Humanities Text Initiative. The Humanities Text Initiative intends to develop the Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse into an extensive and reliable collection of Middle English electronic texts. It is intended ultimately to include in the corpus all editions of Middle English texts used in the Middle English Dictionary, and the more recent scholarly editions which in some cases may have superseded them. The Corpus is provided with a full array of search mechanisms, and texts may be searched individually, in user designated groups. or collectively.

The Corpus is part of the Middle English Compendium, which has been designed to offer easy access to and interconnectivity between three major Middle English electronic resources: the Corpus, the Middle English Dictionary (also included in Manuscripts Online) and a HyperBibliography of Middle English prose and verse.


This resource is of particular interest to scholars of Middle English.

The Corpus currently contains 146 texts. Search options are basic word searching, Boolean, proximity and bibliographic, and searches can be limited by author, title or citation. There is detailed help on searching.

Technical Methods

As the Corpus has been drawn from a number of sources, it contains texts that were created using varying methods, including optical character recognition (OCR) and double-rekeying. The texts are valid SGML documents, tagged in conformance with the TEI Guidelines, and converted to the TEI Lite DTD for wider use.

About the project

The Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse is produced and maintained by the University of Michigan Humanities Text Initiative. The Middle English Compendium is a product of the University of Michigan Digital Library Production Service. The project was funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Chief Editor is Frances McSparran and the Associate Editor is Paul Schaffner. The Project Director during the grant-funded phase was John Price Wilkin.

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Source Types

  • Literary Manuscripts
  • Non-literary Manuscripts


  • Transcriptions


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  • English
  • French
  • Latin


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"Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse" Manuscripts Online (, version 1.0, 5 December 2023),