Selections of texts
The following links will lead to files being opened which offer you a selection of texts from the three main epochs of the history of English: (i) Old English, (ii) Middle English, (iii) Early Modern English. The texts have been chosen to represent the writings of prominent authors – where these are known – from the three periods and also to illustrate the forms of language characteristic of their ages.
Selected Old English texts
Selected Middle English texts
Selected Early Modern English texts