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Medieval Studies

A page from the Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript created in the British Isles in the late 8th or early 9th century





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    Art and Society in the Middle Ages - Georges Duby
    Call Number: N5970 .D7813 2000

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    The Birth of Europe, 400-1500 - Jacques Le Goff
    Call Number: D117 .L42 2005

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    Feudal Society - Marc Bloch
    Call Number: D131 .B513 1961

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    Justinian's Flea - William Rosen
    Call Number: DF556 .R67 2007

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    The Three Orders - Georges Duby
    Call Number: HN425 .D78313


    • Academic Search Premier
      Citations, abstracts and full-text articles from scholarly and general-interest periodicals relating to social sciences, humanities, education, physical, and biological sciences. Covers 1975 to present.
    • ArtStor
      Includes more than one million digital images of works of fine art, architecture and design.
    • International Medieval Bibliography
      Citations to journal articles, books and book chapters in all European languages, on medieval studies. Citations 1967-present on the historical period 400-1500.
    • JSTOR
      Core scholarly journals from a range of disciplines, dating from the earliest issue of each journal to a few years before present.
    • Project MUSE
      Scholarly journals and books in the humanities and social sciences published by university presses; searchable by journal issue, author, and keyword, 1996-present.


    • British Library Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts
      Use this website to find and view descriptions and images of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in the British Library, one of the richest collections in the world.
    • Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts
      Designed to enable users to find fully digitized manuscripts currently available on the web.
    • Digital Scriptorium
      An image database of medieval and renaissance manuscripts that unites scattered resources from many institutions.
    • Epistolæ
      Epistolæ is a collection of letters to and from women in the Middle Ages, from the 4th to the 13th century. The letters include references and translations.
    • Internet Medieval Sourcebook
      The Internet Medieval Sourcebook is provided by Fordham University and is a large collection of internet resources.
    • The Labyrinth
      An online collection of links provided by Georgetown University for the Medieval Studies.
    • Luminarium: Anthology of Middle English Literature
      An anthology of Middle English Literature collected online and provided without subscription.
    • Monumenta Germaniae Historica Digital
      Comprehensive series of carefully edited and published sources for the study of German history (broadly conceived) from the end of the Roman Empire to 1500. This collection, as well as the menus, are in German with no English translation.
    • Online Medieval & Classical Library
      he Online Medieval and Classical Library is a collection of some of the most important literary works of Classical and Medieval civilization.
    • Online Resources for Medievalists
      Although by no means comprehensive, this list offers a selection of websites that are highly useful for medievalists.
    • Orb: On-line Reference Book for Medieval Studies
      The ORB is an academic site, written and maintained by medieval scholars for the benefit of their fellow instructors and serious students.
    • Patrologia Latina
      Extensive collection of early Christian Latin texts (from Tertullian 200 AD to the death of Pope Innocent III 1216 AD). The entire collection is in Latin with no English translation.
    • TEAMS Middle English Texts
      TEAMS Middle English text series makes available to teachers and students Middle English texts which occupy an important place in the literary and cultural canon but which have not been readily available in student editions.


    • The Aberdeen Bestiary Project
      The Aberdeen Bestiary is a 12th century English illuminated manuscript.
    • Bodleian Library Illuminated Maunscripts
      About a thousand images of Illuminated Manuscripts in Oxford University's Bodleian Library can be reached from this page. Information about the manuscripts and the digital images can be found at the bottom of this page, and at the bottom of the pages with the images themselves.
    • Demons and Devotion: The Hours of Catherine of Cleves
      This digital facsimile provides reproductions of all 157 miniatures (and facing text pages) from the Hours of Catherine of Cleves located at the Morgan Library and Museum.
    • Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilization
      The Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilization provides Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools to work with maps.
    • The Domesday Book
      Domesday Book is a detailed survey of the land held by William the Conqueror and his people, and is one of the earliest surviving public records.
    • Islamic Heritage Project
      Harvard’s collections of Islamic manuscripts, and maps from the 10th through 20th centuries.
    • MARGOT Project
      MARGOT is a research project dedicated to publishing fully searchable editions of texts from the French Middle Ages and the Early Modern period.
    • The Medieval Academy  

      The Medieval Academy of America is the largest organization in the United States promoting excellence in the field of medieval studies. It was founded in 1925 and is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The academy publishes the quarterly journal Speculum, and awards prizes, grants, and fellowships such as the Haskins Medal.
    • Regnum Francorum Online
      Interactive maps and sources of Late Antique and Early Medieval Europe
    • Virtual Monastic Library of Lorsch
      Bibliotheca Laureshamensis - digital, gathers 300 medieval manuscripts from 68 different libraries.

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    Atlas of the Medieval World - Rosamond McKitterick
    Call Number: D117 .M35 2004

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    The Cambridge Illustrated History of the Middle Ages - Robert Fossier (Editor)
    Call Number: CB351 .M7813

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    A Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases - Christopher Corèdon; Ann Williams
    Call Number: DA129 .C67 2004

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    Encyclopedia of Barbarian Europe - Michael Frassetto
    Call Number: D135 .F73 2003

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    Encyclopedia of the Medieval World - Edward D. English
    Call Number: D114 .E55 2005

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    Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings - John Haywood
    Call Number: G1034 .H3 1995

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    The Worlds of Medieval Europe - Clifford R. Backman
    Call Number: D131 .B33 2009


    Revision History

    Guide revised by Pablo Morales Henry (Summer 2012); Jason Fuller (Fall 2012); Rachel Good (Summer 2013); Kristin Cook (Spring 2015)

    © 2016 University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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