by Edwin Duncan

Here is a listing of medieval academic discussion groups you may want to join along with the addresses of the listservers that carry them. Remember that if you are sending a message for the other subscribers to read, don't send it to the listserver but to the name of the network followed by the node address for the listserver. Thus, once you've already joined Ansax-l and want to send a message to its members, you will address it to, not to

Annotations for some of the networks appear in the paragraphs below the list.


AARHMS-L   Academy of Historians
                                            of Medieval Spain

ANSAX-L        Anglo-Saxon Studies

ARTHURNET      Arthurian Studies

CHAUCER       Chaucer and Medieval Lit.

DEREMI-L   Medieval Military History
EARLYM-L   Early Music 

EARLYMEDNET-L         Early Medieval Studies
                                               (300-700 a.d.)

EMEDCH-L                Early Medieval Chinese

ENGLISC      Composition in Old English
                                               (in Old English)

GERLINGL  Older Germanic Languages 
                                               (to 1500)

HEL-L         History of the English

INTERSCRIPTA   Directed Medieval

MDVLFOLK  Medieval Folklore

MDVLPHIL  Medieval Philosophy and
          (web: http//       Political Thought

MEDART-L   Medieval Art 

MEDFEM-L       Medieval Feminist Studies

MEDGER-L            Medieval German Studies

MEDGAY-L          Medieval Gay Studies 

MEDIAEVISTIK  Medieval German
                                                Studies (in German)

MEDIBER        Medieval Iberian Studies

MEDIEV-L              Medieval History

MEDIEVALE                Medieval History (in French) 

MEDIEVAL-RELIGION    Medieval Religion

MEDLITERACY-L    Medieval Literacy

MEDSCI-L  listserv@brownvm.bitnet             Medieval Science 

MEDTEXTL    Medieval Languages
                                                 and Literature    

NUMISM-L Medieval (& Ancient)

OLD-IRISH  Old (& Middle) Irish
                                              Philology & Literature

OLDNORSENET         Old Norse Studies

PIERS Piers Plowman Studies

PERFORM      Medieval Performing Arts

ROBINHOOD-L  Robin Hood Studies

SIEGE          Medieval Siege Weaponry

TEACHMEDLIT-L	      Teaching Medieval Literature

TMR-L      Medieval Book Reviews 

ANSAX-L is the discussion group for ANSAXNET, the Anglo-Saxon Network. It has over 600 members from fifteen or twenty different countries and, as one would expect from such a large membership, has a fairly high volume of mail. Discussions cover not only Old English language and literature, but also Anglo-Saxon archeology, history, philosophy, and the arts. As with other networks, one also runs across calls for papers, job listings, announcements of new journals, new computer services, and the like.

ARTHURNET, a network devoted to all subjects relating to King Arthur and the knights of the round table, has apparently replaced an older and less successful one called CAMELOT, an English network.

CHAUCER, the discussion group for Chaucernet, is, like Ansaxnet, consistently active in terms of mail. It generally confines itself to Chaucer studies, although related fourteenth-century works such as Piers Plowman and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight also get discussed here. Some of the pedagogical discussions on this network can be especially helpful.

EARLYMEDNET-L, a new discussion group for early medieval studies, is relatively inactive. At least in the initial stages of its existence, it has seemed to have more of an archeological bent to its discussions.

EARLYM-L, a discussion group for those interested in early music, is a relatively high-volume network with postings from musicians both inside and outside academe.

ENGLISC is a moderated, discussion group dedicated to composition in Old English. That does NOT mean all postings need be in the ealde spraec, but can be in modern English so long as they focus on the how to's of composing in Old English.

GERLINGL, a discussion group for older Germanic language studies, is a low-volume group, but some good information is presented on it from time to time. If one has interests in this area, then one may wish to subscribe to it in addition to a related higher volume group like Ansax-l.

HEL-L, a discussion group devoted to studies in the history of the English language, is primarily but not exclusively pedagogical. Postings are infrequent with bursts of activity (i.e., 3-6 messages per day) followed by periods of relative silence.

MDVLPHIL, devoted to medieval philosophy and socio-political issues, does not have many postings.

MEDFEM-L is a fairly high-volume discussion group which covers a wide range of issues related to medieval feminist studies.

MEDGER-L is a very low volume discussion group for medieval German studies on all topics besides linguistics. Messages here are typically few and far between.

MEDIAEVISTIK is a new discussion group devoted to medieval German texts and culture. Postings are all in German. For more information, consult the Mediaevistik home page at

MEDIBER is a discussion group devoted to medieval Iberian literatures, languages, histories, and cultures. It is fairly active. Many of its postings are in Spanish.

MEDIEVALE is a medieval history network from Canada whose postings are all in French.

MEDIEVAL-RELIGION is a forum for discussions related to religious life and thought in Europe from late antiquity to the early modern period. Because it uses a mailbase listserver, the command for joining it is
join medieval-religion firstname lastname
(where firstname is your firstname, etc.) Its archives may be accessed at the Mailbase Web Page (

MEDTEXTL, the discussion group for medieval languages and literature, also has a large number of messages. In contrast to ANSAX-L and CHAUCER, it has more postings for continental languages, literature, and the arts, and perhaps for that reason has a rule that any postings or quotations in any language other than English include translations along with the originals. This can be a real help for, say, a Germanic scholar trying to follow a conversation quoting medieval Italian or for a Romanticist trying to decipher something from Old Norse.

OLDNORSENET is a discussion group devoted to Old Norse history, literature, and philology. It does not have a high volume of postings.

TMR-L, the Medieval Review (formerly known as BMMR, the Bryn Mawr Medieval Review) is, as its name implies, devoted to the review of books on medieval topics. Members are not only automatically sent reviews of new books as they become available but may also retrieve older reviews from the archives. They may also contribute their own reviews to the network.


BMR-L        Medieval & Classical Book

BYZANS-L   Byzantine Studies

CELTIC-L       Celtic Studies

CUSCA-L          Society of Creative Anachronism
                                          Medieval Reconstructionists

ESPORA-L  Spanish and Portuguese 
                                          Historical Studies

FICINO     Renaissance Studies

FRANCEHS           French Historical Studies

GAELIC-L       Gaelic Studies

GRMNHIST              German Historical Studies
	                                   (from 800 a.d.)

HUMANIST    Studies in the Humanities

LATIN-L	Latin Language & Studies

LT-ANTIQ    Studies in Late

MAPHIST  Map History Studies

MYSTIC-L    Studies in Mysticism

PHILOSOP         Studies in Philosophy

REED-L     Records of Early English
                                          Drama & Related Topics
RENAIS-L  Renaissance History

SHAKSPER     Shakespeare Studies 

WELSH-L       Welsh Language & Studies

Of these related discussion groups, perhaps the one of most general interest would be the first one, Humanist. Devoted to studies in the humanities, Humanist is a little different from the others in that its editors screen the messages and then group them by topic before sending them out. Thus, if you belong to Humanist, you may not get any mail at all for a few days, and then go in and find ten or fifteen messages at once. So even though Humanist has over a thousand members, its volume is not as high as Ansax-l, Chaucer, or Medtextl, but because its postings are screened, the quality of the messages is generally high.

I will give no additional explanation of the other groups listed here except to say that the last one, BMR-L, is the Medieval Review combined with the Bryn Mawr Classical Review. So if you are a classicist as well as a medievalist, you might prefer to subscribe to this network rather than just the Medieval Review.

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