Why has medieval Latin in Britain been neglected?


Elephant by Matthew Paris from Parker MS 16 f. 151v

Click on the image to link to a blog post by Richard Ashdowne and Carolinne White on the British Academy blog.


Three-volume edition

An advance copy of the long-awaited new three-volume printing of the DMLBS has arrived. Sets should be available for purchase from all good booksellers imminently.
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Our thanks go to the publications team at the British Academy for all their work over many decades in seeing the project’s output into print and especially for dealing with all the challenges of this final stage.

Reviews of Latin in Medieval Britain

There have been three reviews of Latin in Medieval Britain that have come out in the last few weeks.

In the TLS of 17 January there was a brief notice by Philip Hardie: https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/private/a-tale-of-two-loves-latin/

There is a fuller review by Ralph Hanna for The English Historical Review now available in advance of its print publication: https://academic.oup.com/ehr/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/ehr/cey006/4825071

The third is by Tristan Franklinos for Classics For All: https://classicsforall.org.uk/book-reviews/latin-medieval-britain/

We would be very pleased to be informed of any others.

New Three-Volume Edition

Four years ago today we celebrated the publication of the final fascicule of the Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources, completed after decades of painstaking work and a century after it was first proposed. Since that time the DMLBS has also been made available electronically with full electronic searching on the Brepolis platform and with more limited functionality on the free-to-use Logeion website.

The British Academy and OUP are now pleased to announce the publication in early 2018 of a consolidated three-volume edition of the DMLBS. This edition incorporates the previously published additions and corrections into the text of the first edition of the dictionary, together with a number of further additions and corrections. The text has been typeset afresh and the opportunity has been taken to increase typographical consistency throughout the dictionary.

In addition to being supplied conveniently bound as three hardback volumes, the new publication will represent increased value for purchasers, with a significant saving on the previous cost of a complete unbound set of fascicules of the first printing.


Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources Dictionary cover vol I

Edited by Richard Ashdowne, David Howlett, and Ronald Latham

Published by OUP for the British Academy

£500 | 3 vols | 305 × 230mm

I (A–G) lxxxiii + 1402 [ISBN 978-0-19-726630-4]

II (H–P) iv + 1544 [ISBN 978-0-19-726631-1]

III (Q–Z) iv + 1154 [ISBN 978-0-19-726632-8]

Whole set ISBN 978-0-19-726633-5


Holders of incomplete sets of the publication in fascicules may wish to note that copies of individual fascicules will remain available now only until existing stocks are exhausted.

Latin in Medieval Britain now on British Academy Scholarship Online

9780197266083Our companion volume Latin in Medieval Britain has now been added to British Academy Scholarship Online, to which many university and other libraries subscribe.

The introduction to the volume can be read without subscription on the OUP catalogue page.

Printed copies of the whole book are available from OUP.

We would be pleased to hear of any reviews of the book.