The Auchinleck MS website presents both a basic and a detailed description of the Auchinleck manuscript (national library of Scotland, advocates' MS 19.2.1) and the forty-four Middle English text items included in it. For each item the site provides information on: the text's physical state in the manuscript; the stanza-form; other manuscript attestations; and modern editions. In addition, each item is linked to information on: the scribes; relevant sections in the site's selective bibliography; and to electronic editions of the individiual texts (some of which are diplomatic transcriptions by the site's creator, others are based on the TEAMS Middle English Texts website). This site is easy to navigate, being hyperlinked within its several different sections. It has consistent referencing to the scholarly sources used. While the information provided is very thorough, it remains limited, with little or no discussion of the manuscript's overall physical appearance or of the dating; distribution; and dialect of either the manuscript or the individual texts. This site would be a useful introduction to the manuscript and the texts themselves for students and researchers in manuscript studies or medieval English literature.
DEEDS is the website of the Documents of Essex England Data Set Project founded in 1975 by Professor Michael Gervers, now called the Database of Dated Medieval English Charters at the University of Toronto. At the core of this project is an ORACLE database of some 300,000 records containing personal names, relationships, occupations, properties, places, and dates extracted from medieval English property exchange documents. The main sources of information for the initial database were the "Great Cartulary of the Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in England" (1442), the "Feet of Fines for Essex" (1182-1307), selected entries from the "Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem", and a number of smaller Essex cartularies but the sources included constantly continuously have expanded the material considerably to include property documents from all over England and Wales. Several full-text articles describing this work and applying computing to medieval charters are published on the website. There are more ways to explore the database: browsing, which gives an overview of all the charters; searching with queries to the database; by using the chronological evaluation of medieval charters; or by sending queries about the scribal identity of charters. The main page of the DEEDS project features more projects managed by Michael Gervers at University of Toronto and links to their own websites: Ethiopia. Treasury of Ethiopian Images; Central and Inner Asian Studies (a research institute); and D+Mech, Dater of Medieval English Charters. Training courses offered by the DEEDS team are also presented on this site. The Database of Medieval English Charters is of great use for specialists but also for students, although it does require knowledge of medieval property charters vocabulary and of Latin.
This is the website of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators, based in the UK. The website gives information about the Society, its aims, membership and activities. Online galleries of recent calligraphic work by Society members are available in the Exhibitions section. There is also an online directory of members and fellows, and information about joining the Society. Calligraphy tools and equipment, books and catalogues, slide sets and other items can be ordered from an online sales catalogue. A section on the society's journal, 'Scribe', has an alphabetical index and a chronological list of past issues. There is also an events listing for the current year.