Richard Sharpe

Richard Sharpe, speaking at our Latin in Medieval Britain conference in 2013

We are immensely sad to learn of the death of Professor Richard Sharpe FBA. As a part of a distinguished career he was assistant editor of the DMLBS from 1981 to 1990. His contribution to the preparation of the Dictionary was huge. Scholars will be in his debt for many generations for the work he did preparing entries and improving the Dictionary’s bibliography. After leaving the DMLBS editorial team he remained a close advisor, supporter and friend to the project right up until its completion.

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:

There is a fuller review by Ralph Hanna for The English Historical Review now available in advance of its print publication:

The third is by Tristan Franklinos for Classics For All:

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.