Explore romance further

Explore romance further

If you would like to explore medieval romance and its afterlives further, here are some suggested books and sites, along with our own exhibition book, The Romance of the Middle Ages.


Romance texts and translations

The Birth of Romance: An Anthology, trans. Judith Weiss (Everyman); reprinted by Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies as The Birth of Romance in England

Geoffrey Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde, trans. Barry Windeatt (Oxford World’s Classics)

Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales: A Selection, ed. and trans. Colin Wilcockson (Penguin)

The Death of King Arthur, trans. Simon Armitage (Faber; or Norton for a parallel-text version including the Alliterative Morte Darthur)

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, trans. Simon Armitage (Faber) or Bernard O’Donoghue (Penguin). The Middle English text is edited by J.J. Anderson (Everyman)

Guy of Warwick and other Chapbook Romances: Six Tales from the Popular Literature of pre-Industrial England, ed. John Simons (Exeter University Press)

Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur: The Winchester Manuscript, ed. Helen Cooper (Oxford World’s Classics)

Middle English Romances, ed. Stephen H.A. Shepherd (Norton Critical Editions)

Many romances are edited in a student-friendly form in the TEAMS series of editions


Introductions and discussion

Firuza Abdullaeva and Charles Melville, The Persian Book of Kings: Ibrahim Sultan’s ‘Shahnama’ (Bodleian); see also http://shahnama.caret.cam.ac.uk/new/jnama/page

Michael Alexander, Medievalism: The Middle Ages in Modern England (Yale University Press)

Michael Camille, The Medieval Art of Love (Laurence King)

Marian Campbell, Medieval Jewellery in Europe, 1100–1500 (Victoria and Albert Museum)

Helen Cooper, Shakespeare and the Medieval World (Arden)

Helen Cooper, The English Romance in Time: Transforming Motifs from Geoffrey of Monmouth to the Death of Shakespeare (Oxford University Press)

Mark Girouard, The Return to Camelot: Chivalry and the English Gentleman (Yale University Press)

Derek Pearsall, Arthurian Romance: A Short Introduction (Blackwell)

The Cambridge Companion to the Arthurian Legend, ed. Ad Putter and Elizabeth Archibald (Cambridge University Press)

A Companion to Romance: From Classical to Contemporary, ed. Corinne Saunders (Blackwell)

Richard Stoneman, Alexander the Great: A Life in Legend (Yale University Press)


Selected websites and online editions

Database of Middle English Romance, ed. Nicola McDonald

The Auchinleck Manuscript, ed. David Burnley and Alison Wiggins, National Library of Scotland Digital Library, 2003

Morris Online Edition, with turning-the-pages editions of The Kelmscott Press The Well at the World’s End and Of the Friendship of Amis and Amile, University of Iowa Libraries

Walter Scott Digital Archive, Edinburgh University Library

The Malory Project, directed by Takako Kato and designed by Nick Hayward, 2006

The Rossetti Archive, ed. Jerome McGann, University of Virginia, fourth instalment

Codex Ashmole 61: A Compilation of Popular Middle English Verse, ed. George Shuffelton

Early Manuscripts at Oxford University (digitized versions of some of the Bodleian Library’s most important manuscripts)

Bodleian Special Collections images

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