from an SCA research list:
This is really cool! An almost nine-minute flash presentation of Old English—reading and pronunciation using the manuscript Laud 636 (the E version of
the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle):
http://pages.towson.edu/duncan/brittene/brittene.htm produced by professor
Well worth watching.
which Chaucer used in the 14th century
Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog
That's a fun way to begin to learn Middle English, because they're joking about popular culture (and medieval too).
The Paston Letters, at the site of the University of Virginia. 15th century letters of a family in Norfolk. much info
"Modern" meaning the past 500 years
Bringing Shakespeare Home