QME Release Notes

Para1QME follows the Endings Principles for Release Management. We periodically release new static versions of this website as new material is created and peer-reviewed. The release is comprised of a complete and self-contained set of HTML files; they have no dependencies on external code libraries or on a back end server. The Endings staticSearch engine (created by Martin Holmes and Joey Takeda) is built into the release so that QME is fully concordanced, indexed, and searchable. The QME release schedule allows us to publish editions as they are completed, add new documentary discoveries, and update our bibliography in a systematic way. Each static release has a version number. Major releases are indicated by a change to the whole number integer (1.0 to 2.0). Minor releases of content are indicated by a change to the point number (2.0 to 2.1). The first QME release on the LEMDO platform is numbered 2.0, which recognizes that the QME anthology was first published on the ISE platform. Releases are described on this page in chronological order.

QME 2.0

Para2This first release of the QME anthology on the LEMDO platform on 2023-10-31 includes all of the contextual pages from the old QME site, converted from XWiki markup language and carefully remediated by the LEMDO team in consultation with Peter Cockett.
Para3With QME 2.0, we are publishing for the first time Kirk Melnikoffʼs edition of Selimus, completed and peer-reviewed in 2022.
Para4This release also includes three peer-reviewed editions that were previously published in the QME anthology on the ISE platform. Each one has been converted from the ISE Markup Language (IML) to LEMDOʼs customization of the Text Encoding Initiative tagset (TEI-XML) and carefully remediated by the LEMDO team. In the course of remediation, the LEMDO team has checked each transcription afresh, added styling to capture the mise-en-page of the early printed book, updated links, created a site-wide bibliography, added missing sources, numbered speeches, copy-edited all critical paratexts, brought them into line with LEMDO house style where necessary (e.g., expanding dates and page ranges), and made minor corrections:
Famous Victories of Henry V, edited by Karen Marsalek (old-spelling text), Mathew Martin (modern text), and Peter Cockett (performance);
King Leir, edited by Andrew Griffin and Peter Cockett (performance)
Para5Known omissions in this release are as follows:
The old-spelling texts of five plays, all of which are still available on the old QME site:
Three Ladies of London
Three Lords and Three Ladies of London
Troublesome Reign of King John
True Tragedy of Richard III
Clyomon and Clamydes
We expect to release converted and remediated transcriptions of these plays in QME 2.1.
Para6Credit for releasing QME 2.0 goes to the following people:
Current LEMDO Project Manager Navarra Houldin for supporting the QME anthology lead (Peter Cockett), the editor of Selimus (Kirk Melnikoff), and the LEMDO Director (Janelle Jenstad); managing the remediation workflow; writing CSS renditions and in-line styling for old-spelling texts; designing the QME footer; tweaking the QME site-wide SCSS; overseeing the release workflow; resolving diagnostics; standardizing metadata; writing the user guide with Peter Cockett; and running dozens of XPath searches and XSLT transformations to standardize things across the anthology.
Former Project Manager Kate LeBere and current/former LEMDO RAs Mahayla Galliford, Chloe Mee, Rylyn Christensen, Scott Matthews, Josiah Snell, Jodi Litvin, and Ada Souchu for remediation work.
Former LEMDO Project Manager Nicole Vatcher for her work training other team members.
Navarra Houldin and Janelle Jenstad for final proofing and pre-release checks.
Editor Kirk Melnikoff for entrusting his work to LEMDO and QME and bearing with a certain amount of encoding and editorial experimentation.
LEMDO’s first Lead Programmer Joey Takeda for creating the initial TEI customization, conceiving the anthology-publication model, and converting all the XWiki files and many of the IML files to TEI.
LEMDOʼs former Junior Programmer Tracey El Hajj for completing the IML-to-TEI conversions.
HCMC Developer-Designer Patrick Szpak for the LEMDO design and the initial QME design.
QME Designer Peter Sirisko for the current QME design.
HCMC Developer and LEMDO Lead Programmer Martin Holmes for consulting on the TEI customization, writing the initial XSLT to convert IML to TEI; writing processing to create Endings-compliant HTML from our XML, developing the hosting and archiving plan, and releasing the site.
Janelle Jenstad — October 31, 2023


Ada Souchu

Ada Souchu is an MA student at Sorbonne Université in Early Modern English literature. After a BA in Classics in 2021, they are currently doing an MA on Latin and Greek sources in Early Modern theatre. They are a junior transcriber on the Douai project.

Andrew Griffin

Andrew Griffin is an associate professor in the department of English and an affiliate professor in the department of Theater and Dance at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is general editor (text) of Queen’s Men Editions. He studies early modern drama and early modern historiography while serving as the lead editor at the EMC Imprint. He has co-edited with Helen Ostovich and Holger Schott Syme Locating the Queen’s Men (2009) and has co-edited The Making of a Broadside Ballad (2016) with Patricia Fumerton and Carl Stahmer. His monograph, Untimely Deaths in Renaissance Drama: Biography, History, Catastrophe, was published with the University of Toronto Press in 2019. He is editor of the anonymous The Chronicle History of King Leir (Queen’s Men Editions, 2011). He can be contacted at griffin@english.ucsb.edu.

Chloe Mee

Chloe Mee is a research assistant on the LEMDO team who is working as a remediator on Old Spelling texts. She is about to start her second year at UVic in Fall 2022 and is pursuing an Honours degree in English. Currently, she is working on the LEMDO team through a VKURA internship. She loves literature and is enjoying the opportunity to read and encode Shakespeare quartos!

Christopher Matusiak

Christopher Matusiak (Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay) is an Associate Professor of English at Ithaca College in New York where he teaches courses on Shakespeare and early modern drama. His research on seventeenth-century theatre management at the Drury Lane Cockpit has appeared in Early Theatre and Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England, and in Shakespeare Quarterly on the use of John Aubrey’s manuscripts in studies of Shakespeare’s life. He is currently writing a book (with Eva Griffith) about Christopher Beeston and the Cockpit playhouse, and researching another on the persistence of illegal stage-playing during the English Civil Wars, Shakespearean Actors and their Playhouses in Civil War London. He also prepared REED London: The Cockpit-Phoenix: an edited collection of seventeenth-century manuscripts and printed documents illustrating the history of the Cockpit-Phoenix playhouse in Drury Lane (for The Records of Early English Drama). He can be contacted at cmatusiak@ithaca.edu.

Janelle Jenstad

Janelle Jenstad is a Professor of English at the University of Victoria, Director of The Map of Early Modern London, and Director of Linked Early Modern Drama Online. With Jennifer Roberts-Smith and Mark Kaethler, she co-edited Shakespeare’s Language in Digital Media: Old Words, New Tools (Routledge). She has edited John Stow’s A Survey of London (1598 text) for MoEML and is currently editing The Merchant of Venice (with Stephen Wittek) and Heywood’s 2 If You Know Not Me You Know Nobody for DRE. Her articles have appeared in Digital Humanities Quarterly, Elizabethan Theatre, Early Modern Literary Studies, Shakespeare Bulletin, Renaissance and Reformation, and The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies. She contributed chapters to Approaches to Teaching Othello (MLA); Teaching Early Modern Literature from the Archives (MLA); Institutional Culture in Early Modern England (Brill); Shakespeare, Language, and the Stage (Arden); Performing Maternity in Early Modern England (Ashgate); New Directions in the Geohumanities (Routledge); Early Modern Studies and the Digital Turn (Iter); Placing Names: Enriching and Integrating Gazetteers (Indiana); Making Things and Drawing Boundaries (Minnesota); Rethinking Shakespeare Source Study: Audiences, Authors, and Digital Technologies (Routledge); and Civic Performance: Pageantry and Entertainments in Early Modern London (Routledge). For more details, see janellejenstad.com.

Jodi Litvin

Joey Takeda

Joey Takeda is LEMDO’s Consulting Programmer and Designer, a role he assumed in 2020 after three years as the Lead Developer on LEMDO.

Josiah Snell

Karen Sawyer Marsalek

Karen Sawyer Marsalek (Famous Victories of Henry V, early modern text) is an associate professor of English at St. Olaf College. She has edited, directed and performed in several early English plays. Her publications include essays on true resurrections in medieval drama and The Winter’s Tale, false resurrections in the Chester Antichrist and 1 Henry IV, and theatrical properties of skulls and severed heads. Her current research is on remains and revenants in the King’s Men’s repertory. She can be contacted at marsalek@stolaf.edu.

Kate LeBere

Project Manager, 2020–2021. Assistant Project Manager, 2019–2020. Textual Remediator and Encoder, 2019–2021. Kate LeBere completed her BA (Hons.) in History and English at the University of Victoria in 2020. During her degree she published papers in The Corvette (2018), The Albatross (2019), and PLVS VLTRA (2020) and presented at the English Undergraduate Conference (2019), Qualicum History Conference (2020), and the Digital Humanities Summer Institute’s Project Management in the Humanities Conference (2021). While her primary research focus was sixteenth and seventeenth century England, she completed her honours thesis on Soviet ballet during the Russian Cultural Revolution. She is currently a student at the University of British Columbia’s iSchool, working on her masters in library and information science.

Kirk Melnikoff

Kirk Melnikoff is Professor of English at UNC Charlotte and a past president of the Marlowe Society of America. His research interests range from sixteenth-century British Literature and Culture, to Shakespeare in Performance, to Book History. His essays have appeared in a number of journals and books, and he is the author of Elizabethan Book Trade Publishing and the Makings of Literary Culture (U Toronto P, 2018). He has also edited four essay collections, most recently Christopher Marlowe, Theatrical Commerce, and the Book Trade (Cambridge UP, 2018), and published an edition of Robert Greene’s James IV in 2020. He is currently co-editing a collection of early modern book-trade wills which will be published by Manchester UP, editing Marlowe’s Edward II for the Oxford Marlowe: Collected Works project, and working on a monograph on bookselling in early modern England.

Mahayla Galliford

Research assistant, remediator, encoder, 2021–present. Mahayla Galliford is a fourth-year student in the English Honours and Humanities Scholars programs at the University of Victoria. She researches early modern drama and her Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Award project focused on approaches to encoding early modern stage directions.

Martin Holmes

Martin Holmes has worked as a developer in the UVicʼs Humanities Computing and Media Centre for over two decades, and has been involved with dozens of Digital Humanities projects. He has served on the TEI Technical Council and as Managing Editor of the Journal of the TEI. He took over from Joey Takeda as lead developer on LEMDO in 2020. He is a collaborator on the SSHRC Partnership Grant led by Janelle Jenstad.

Mathew Martin

Dr. Mathew R. Martin is Full Professor at Brock University, Canada, and Director of Brock’s PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities. He is the author of Between Theatre and Philosophy (2001) and Tragedy and Trauma in the Plays of Christopher Marlowe (2015) and co-editor, with his colleague James Allard, of Staging Pain, 1500-1800: Violence and Trauma in British Theatre (2009). For Broadview Press he has edited Christopher Marlowe’s Edward the Second (2010), Jew of Malta (2012), Doctor Faustus: The B-Text (2013), and Tamburlaine the Great Part One and Part Two (2014). For Revels Editions he has edited George Peele’s David and Bathsheba (2018) and Marlowe’s The Massacre at Paris (forthcoming). He has published two articles of textual criticism on the printed texts of Marlowe’s plays: Inferior Readings: The Transmigration of Material in Tamburlaine the Great (Early Theatre 17.2 [December 2014]), and (on the political inflections of the shifts in punctuation in the early editions of the play) Accidents Happen: Roger Barnes’s 1612 Edition of Marlowe’s Edward the Second (Early Theatre 16.1 [June 2013]). His latest editing project is a Broadview edition of Robert Greene’s Selimus. He is also writing two books: one on psychoanalysis and literary theory and one on the language of non-violence in Elizabethan drama in the late 1580s and 1590s.

Navarra Houldin

Project manager 2022-present. Textual remediator 2021-present. Navarra Houldin (they/them) completed their BA in History and Spanish at the University of Victoria in 2022. During their degree, they worked as a teaching assistant with the University of Victoriaʼs Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies. Their primary research was on gender and sexuality in early modern Europe and Latin America.

Nicole Vatcher

Technical Documentation Writer, 2020-present. Nicole Vatcher completed her BA (Hons.) in English at the University of Victoria in 2021. Her primary research focus was womenʼs writing in the modernist period.

Patrick Szpak

Patrick Szpak is a Programmer Consultant and Web Designer in the Humanities Computing and Media Centre at the University of Victoria.

Peter Cockett

Peter Cockett is an associate professor in the Theatre and Film Studies at McMaster University. He is the general editor (performance), and technical co-ordinating editor of Queen’s Men Editions. He was the stage director for the Shakespeare and the Queen’s Men project (SQM), directing King Leir, The Famous Victories of Henry V, and Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay (2006) and he is the performance editor for our editions of those plays. The process behind those productions is documented in depth on his website Performing the Queen’s Men. Also featured on this site are his PAR productions of Clyomon and Clamydes (2009) and Three Ladies of London (2014). For the PLS, the University of Toronto’s Medieval and Renaissance Players, he has directed the Digby Mary Magdalene (2003) and the double bill of George Peele’s The Old Wives Tale and the Chester Antichrist (2004). He also directed An Experiment in Elizabethan Comedy (2005) for the SQM project and Inside Out: The Persistence of Allegory (2008) in collaboration with Alan Dessen. Peter is a professional actor and director with numerous stage and screen credits. He can be contacted at cockett@mcmaster.ca.

Peter Sirisko

Peter Sirisko, consultant for the QME, is Media Producer at New Motto in Hamilton, Ontario. He has a Bachelor of Arts, Honours, in Theatre and Film from McMaster University (2013), where he was an editor for McMaster Television, a Theatre Technician, and a Media Production Intern. He has been a freelance video producer since 2010.

Rylyn Christensen

Rylyn Christensen is an English major at the University of Victoria.

Scott Matthews

Tracey El Hajj

Junior Programmer 2019–2020. Research Associate 2020–2021. Tracey received her PhD from the Department of English at the University of Victoria in the field of Science and Technology Studies. Her research focuses on the algorhythmics of networked communications. She was a 2019–2020 President’s Fellow in Research-Enriched Teaching at UVic, where she taught an advanced course on Artificial Intelligence and Everyday Life. Tracey was also a member of the Map of Early Modern London team, between 2018 and 2021. Between 2020 and 2021, she was a fellow in residence at the Praxis Studio for Comparative Media Studies, where she investigated the relationships between artificial intelligence, creativity, health, and justice. As of July 2021, Tracey has moved into the alt-ac world for a term position, while also teaching in the English Department at the University of Victoria.



The LEMDO Team is based at the University of Victoria and normally comprises the project director, the lead developer, project manager, junior developers(s), remediators, encoders, and remediating editors.