The first of a projected set of three volume, volumes I and II will contain the text, while volume III will contain the general introduction, explanatory notes, and glossary. Gilte Legende is, for the most part, a close translation (1438) of Jean de Vignay's Legende Doree (ca. 1333-40), itself a close translation of Jacobus de Voragine's Legenda Aurea (ca. 1267). The importance of Legenda Aurea as a source book for students of the late Middle Ages interested in literature, church history, and visual art, can hardly be overestimated.
Richard Hamer has previously edited, with Vida Russell, Supplementary Lives in some Manuscripts of the Gilte Legende, EETS O.S. 315 (2000). The three volumes of Gilte Legende are the centrepiece of this project begun with O.S. 315. He has written the intoduction and notes to The Golden Legend: Selections, Penguin Books (London, 1998).