Welcome to MORROIS (Mapping of Romance Realms and Other Imagined Spaces).
MORROIS is an index of line-by-line instance of place names in Middle English romances; all explicit references to any distinct place (whether noun, adjective, or other derived form) are catalogued.
This prototype platform features all place names found in the Alliterative Morte Arthure, an early fifteenth-century romance uniquely recorded in the Lincoln Thornton manuscript (Lincoln Cathedral Library, MS 91) by copyist and compiler Robert Thornton (fl. 1418 – 1456).
Links to the text (off-site), index, and a map of place names can be found at the top and bottom of each page.
- To read the Alliterative Morte Arthure, click on The Text of the Alliterative Morte Arthure (TEAMS) to be taken to Larry Benson and Edward Foster's 1994 edition for TEAMS Middle English Text series.
- To see a list of all place-names found in the Alliterative Morte Arthure click on A Place Name Index for the Alliterative Morte Arthure. The default order for place names is line number.
- To see these place names projected on a map, click on Mapping the Alliterative Morte Arthure.
- To see a growing bibliography for the Alliterative Morte Arthure, click on A Provisional Bibliography of the Alliterative Morte Arthure.
- For fuller details on how to use this site and access the data, click Using This Site.
- To read short essays and notes written by members of the development team on the process of data collection to date, click on Essays and Notes.
This research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.