Gale, part of Cengage Learning announced the release of British Literary Manuscripts Online, Medieval and Renaissance, the second installment of the British Literary Manuscripts Online series. Following the release of the first installment in May 2009, this additional digital archive brings nearly 565,000 pages of unique author manuscripts into the hands of students, educators and researchers.
Cross-searchable with British Literary Manuscripts, c. 1660-1900, Medieval and Renaissance provides a view into the culture and history of both renowned and lesser-known writers of the period. The collection features works from more than 1,000 authors and more than 500 years of manuscripts dating from roughly 1100 to 1660.
The Medieval documents include notable works of early English literature, including Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Vision of Piers the Plowman, and The Canterbury Tales, in addition to religious works such as The Prick of Conscience, the York and Coventry Mystery Plays, and the writings of John Wycliffe.