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.


We offer our warm congratulations to Dr Leofranc Holford-Strevens, long-time member of the DMLBS committee and reader of our draft dictionary material, on being awarded the President’s Medal of the British Academy for ‘his significant work copy-editing hundreds of publications across a broad range of languages and disciplines’. His contribution to the DMLBS project over many years has been immense, and we are delighted that his lifetime of service in humanities scholarship, of which his association with the DMLBS has been just a part, should be recognized in this prestigious award.

DMLBS online on Logeion

The project is delighted to announce that the text of the DMLBS has been made available under licence to the Logeion project hosted by the University of Chicago and is now accessible via the Logeion interface at

The Logeion interface, which does not require a subscription of any kind, allows searching of all its many dictionaries by headword. (More advanced forms of searching across the DMLBS text are available via the subscription-based platform.)

We very much hope that this new way of accessing the dictionary will be appreciated by medieval scholars across the world. We would, of course, encourage users nevertheless to buy a copy of the printed dictionary as well!

Like the online version of the DMLBS, the text has been provided to Logeion under licence from the British Academy and the DMLBS project is unable to offer technical or other assistance with these resources.

The DMLBS project would like to extend its thanks to Logeion and especially Helma Dik for making this interface to our dictionary available.

DMLBS online on

i_logo_brepolis We are pleased to announce that the text of the DMLBS is now available online (by subscription) on the Brepolis platform.

Followers of the DMLBS project will be aware that online publication has been a long-term ambition of ours to complement the printed Dictionary. Although our own plans to develop and host an online platform for the Dictionary had to be discontinued, we are extremely pleased now to have been able to join in a partnership with Brepols to make the DMLBS more widely available.

The Brepolis platform also for the first time gives Dictionary users new methods of using the text of the DMLBS, making searches possible not only by headword (as in the printed dictionary) but across the full text, including etymologies, senses, and quotations. Although the results of full text searching must of course be used with caution (since the Dictionary is emphatically not a comprehensive collection of all the examples of use of every word cited in the whole of British Medieval Latin), this new functionality will surely open up new research possibilities for medievalists to exploit the extensive data of the Dictionary.

Further information about the Brepolis DMLBS can be found at

(Please note that Brepols is wholly responsible for the online platform and that the DMLBS project is unable to offer technical or other support for its users.)

Former chairman appointed CBE

Dr J. N. Adams, who was formerly chairman of the British Academy’s DMLBS committee, has been appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. The award, gazetted as for services to Latin scholarship, reflects the huge contribution his extensive and painstaking research has made to our understanding of Latin throughout the language’s history, and especially of variation in the use of that language over time, space, and the social status of its users.

The DMLBS project has particular reason to be grateful to him for his service to the wider cause of Latin and to our work on Latin of the medieval period. He became chairman of the DMLBS committee at a point when the project’s future had been looking desperately bleak, and over a period of more than a decade he was instrumental in establishing the secure and stable footing which led to the ultimate completion of the printed dictionary. We are therefore especially pleased to be able to congratulate him on this honour.