Fontes Anglo-Saxonici

Fontes Anglo-Saxonici: A Register of Written Sources Used by Authors in Anglo-Saxon England is intended to identify all written sources which were incorporated, quoted, translated or adapted anywhere in English or Latin texts which were written in Anglo-Saxon England (i.e. England to 1066), or by Anglo-Saxons in other countries.

The material is compiled in the form of a database which analyses each Anglo-Saxon text passage by passage, sentence by sentence or, if necessary, phrase by phrase, identifying the probable source-passages used for each particular segment. The database now contains over 28,000 records analysing in detail the source-relationships of around 1143 Anglo-Saxon texts (over 500 Old English and over 600 Latin) and identifying the use of over 1000 sources and analogues. These numbers continue to grow rapidly as we add records to the database.

The database shows which texts were known in Anglo-Saxon England, how well specific texts and authors were known, and in what different ways they were used. It also provides the basis for studies on the intellectual interests of Anglo-Saxon authors, and what contributions the Anglo-Saxons made to the history of ideas.

Principal investigator
Malcolm Godden
Start date
Friday, May 1, 1998
Completion date
Sunday, September 1, 2002
Source material
The material is all original research or compilation undertaken specifically for the project. Records were all created by researchers employed by the project and by other scholars world-wide, and keyed by the originators of the material in each case. The material exists in this form only in the project's database.
Data formats

Fontes Anglo-Saxonici Project, ed., Fontes Anglo-Saxonici: World Wide Web Register,,.

Fontes Anglo-Saxonici Project, ed., Fontes Anglo-Saxonici: A Register of Written Sources Used by Anglo-Saxon Authors [CD-ROM Version 1.1] (Oxford: Fontes Anglo-Saxonici Project, English Faculty, Oxford University, 2002)

Hill, J., 'Sources of Anglo-Saxon Literature: Writings Known by Authors in Anglo-Saxon England', Old English Newsletter 19.1 (1985), 23

Hill, J., 'Fontes Anglo-Saxonici: A Register of Written Sources Used by Authors in Anglo-Saxon England', Medieval English Studies Newsletter (Tokyo), 21 (1989), 35-7

Hill, J., 'Work in Progress', Medieval Sermon Studies Newsletter 27 (Spring 1991), 13-15

Jackson, P., 'Fontes Anglo-Saxonici, 1993-97: Prospecting and Retrospecting', Medieval English Studies Newsletter (Tokyo) 37 (1997), 31-7

Jayatilaka, R., 'Fontes Anglo-Saxonici on the World-Wide Web', Medieval English Studies Newsletter (Tokyo) 41 (1999), 11-39

Jayatilaka, R., -, 'How Well Read were the Anglo-Saxons?: The World Wide Web Version of the Fontes Anglo-Saxonici Register', Old English Newsletter 33.3 (2000), 12-14

Love, R. C., 'Appendix: The Fontes Anglo-Saxonici Database and Hagiography', Hagiographica 6 (1999), 81-9
Scragg, D. G., 'An Introduction to Fontes Anglo-Saxonici', Old English Newsletter 26.3 (1993), Appendix B, 1-8

Scragg, D.G. 'The Hunt for Sources and the Project Fontes Anglo-Saxonici', Medieval English Studies Newsletter (Tokyo) 29 (1993), 10-13

Scragg, D.G. 'The Bible in Fontes Anglo-Saxonici', Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester 77.3 (1995), 199-203

Scragg, D.G. 'Source Study', Reading Old English Texts, ed. K. O'Brien O'Keeffe (Cambridge, 1997), pp. 39-58

Bately, J., 'Anonymous Old English Homilies: A Preliminary Bibliography of Source Studies: Compiled for Fontes Anglo-Saxonici and Sources of Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture' (Binghamton, 1993)

Lapidge, M., 'Abbreviations for Sources and Specification of Standard Editions for Sources: Compiled for Fontes Anglo-Saxonici and Sources of Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture' (Binghamton, 1988)

(plus 16 annual progress reports by Hill and Jackson)