Electronic Resources: French


The project originated at Princeton and is now maintained on these "sister" sites, along with still another one in France.Godefroy, Dictionnaire de l'ancienne langue francaise – UCB access only

Dictionnaire du Moyen Francais (1330-1500) – UCB access only
This is an excellent Dictionary of Middle French with numerous examples of usage drawn from literary, philosophical and scientific texts.

Anglo-Norman Dictionary


ARTFL Project Databases

Provençal Database – UCB access only
Based on data provided by Professor Akehurst at the University of Minnesota. Spellings are in the original representation. Page links get poems numbered from 1 for each author. The database has 415,000 words, 28,500 unique forms, in 38 works, listed in the online Bibliography. [description taken from website]

Textes de Français Ancien (TFA) Database | Version Française – UCB access only
Established under the direction of Pierre Kunstmann at the Laboratoire de Français Ancien (LFA, University of Ottawa), in collaboration with Mark Olsen (University of Chicago), who hosts and processes the data on the ARTFL Project server. The original collection was composed of texts from the 12th and 13th centuries, digitized for the preparation of a lemmatized database of Old French (project in collaboration with the former Institut National de la Langue Française, now ATILF). Middle French texts (14th and 15th centuries) have been added to this collection subsequently. The database is expanded regularly. [description taken from website]


Other Sites of Interest

The Anglo-Norman On-Line Hub
This site houses most notably an electronic dictionary devoted to the Anglo-Norman dialect of Old French.  Useful for Old French generally, in addition to Anglo-Norman.

Archive de litterature du moyen age (ARLIMA)
Bibliographical guide to Medieval French literature arranged by author and work.

The Princeton Charrette Project and The Charrette Project 2 (Baylor University)
The project originated at Princeton and is now maintained on these "sister" sites, along with still another one in France.  The Baylor site describes the project: “The Charrette is a complex, scholarly, multi-media electronic archive of Chrétien de Troyes's Le Chevalier de la Charrette (Lancelot, ca. 1180), which itself does not seek to interpret the romance, nor does it dictate to scholars how they should conduct their research. It makes available a critical edition, to which a fully searchable database of rhetorico-poetic figures and grammatical data will shortly be added, and the entire manuscript tradition (eight manuscripts) in images and diplomatic transcriptions.”

The Roman de la Rose Digital Library
This digital library is a joint project of the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, whose goal is  an online library of all manuscripts containing the 13th-century poem Roman de la Rose.

Persée: Portail des revues en sciences humaines et sociales
This site rovides access to a certain number of French journals in all fields, scientific as well as humanistic.

The site of the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, containing the fruits of their massive and ongoing digitization of books and journals in their collection that are no longer protected by copyright.  Especially rich in early printed books, including many incunables.  Also great for some of the most important nineteenth-century journals containing medieval French scholarship, such as Romania (which is available for downloading articles up to the late 1930s) and Zeitschrift fur Romanische Philologie.  There are some manuscripts digitized, but they are behind in that endeavor.   You can also find many pre-1930s editions of Old French and Provencal texts digitized here.