The Middle Ages

General Histories and Overviews

Durant, Will and Ariel. The Story Of Civilization. v.4. The age of faith. New York, Simon and Schuster, 1935.
One of the most insightful works ever on the history of Western civilization.
Great Events From History: Ancient And Medieval Series.--v. 3. 951-1500. Frank N. Magill, editor. Englewood Cliffs, N.J., Salem Press [1972].
Extensive summaries of key political, religious and cultural events; each has own source list. This edition tends to emphasize Europe.
Great Events From History: The Middle Ages, 477-1453.
Updated version covers a wider variety of events outside Europe: volume 2 has a chapter on useful websites for Medieval history.
The Cambridge medieval history. Planned by J.B. Bury Cambridge [Eng.] University press, 1957.
Detailed 4 volume account of medieval life and events.
Dictionary of the Middle Ages. Joseph R. Strayer, editor in chief. New York : Scribner, c1982-1989.
13 volume, encyclopedic guide to everything medieval. This will answer such nitpicky questions as what the climate was like in 14th century Italy, or the colors and metals used on church altars. Each entry has its own source list.
The Middle Ages: an encyclopedia for students. William Chester Jordan, editor in chief. New York : Charles Scribner's Sons, c1996.
User-friendly, scaled down, illustrated version of the above, with maps.
Great Events From History: Modern European Series. Vol 1 1469-1799.
Chronologically arranged summaries of major events of the period.
Encyclopedia of European social history from 1350 to 2000. Peter N. Stearns, editor-in-chief. Scribner, c2001.
The rare source to examine such social structures as marriage, higher education, social protest, and religion across a broad time period. Includes 300 biographies.
Europe 1450 to 1789: encyclopedia of the early modern world. Jonathan Dewald, editor in chief. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, c2004.
The illustrated encyclopedia of medieval civilization. Aryeh Grabois. New York: Mayflower Books, c1980.
Internet Medieval Sourcebook
The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies, from Georgetown University.
Guide to web sources on specific aspects of medieval history and specific cultures.
Another good index to Medieval sources online, by topic and culture or country.

Maps and Atlases

Atlas of world history. Patrick K. O’Brien, general editor. New York : Oxford University Press, c2002.
The Harper atlas of world history. New York: Harper Collins, 1992.
Atlas of the Jewish world. Nicholas de Lange. New York : Facts on File, c1984.
World atlas of the past: The medieval world : AD 1 to 1492. John Haywood. New York: Oxford University Press, c1999.
Donald MatthewAtlas of medieval Europe. New York, N.Y.: Facts on File, Inc., c1983.
In addition to maps, this has colorful illustrations of medieval villages, churches, tapestries, and scenes of daily life.
Angus KonstamHistorical atlas of the Crusades. New York: Checkmark Books, c2002.

Famous People

Dictionary of World Biography: v. 2. The Middle ages -- v. 3. The Renaissance. Frank N. Magill, editor. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers; Pasadena: Salem Press, c1998.
Who’s Who In Europe, 1450-1750 . Henry Kamen. London : Routledge, c2000.
Brief sketches of the movers and shakers of the era.
Women in World History. 17 volumes. 2002. Anne Commire, ed.
The most complete biographical encyclopedia available on women, from ancient times to the present. Includes many who were ignored in previous sources. Each entry has a list of sources.

War and Military History

The Cambridge illustrated atlas of warfare: the Middle Ages, 768-1487. Nicholas Hooper & Matthew Bennett. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
The Encyclopedia Of Military History: From 3500 B.C. To The Present. Ernest Dupuy and Trevor N. Dupuy 2nd rev. ed. New York: Harper & Row, c1986.
Everything you never wanted to know about every battle and campaign. Has maps, casualty figures.
Konstam, Angus.Historical atlas of the Crusades. New York : Checkmark Books, c2002.
Lesch, David W.,ed.History in Dispute: vol 10, The Crusades, 1095-1291. Detroit : St. James Press, c2000.


New Catholic Encyclopedia. Prepared by an editorial staff at the Catholic University of America. New York, McGraw-Hill [1967-79].
Helpful for keeping those heresies straight. Good background on the popes and other religious leaders, and on Medieval Christian practice.
Encyclopaedia Judaica. Jerusalem, Encyclopaedia Judaica; [New York] Macmillan [c1971-72, v. 1, c1972].
See the entries under "Ghetto", "Inquisition".
The Inquisition. San Diego, Calif.: Greenhaven Press. 2001.
Encyclopedia of monasticism. Editor, William M. Johnston; photo editor, Claire Renkin. Chicago : Fitzroy Dearborn, c2000.
Konstam, Angus. Historical atlas of the Crusades. New York : Checkmark Books, c2002.
World Eras: the Rise and Spread of Islam, 622-1500. edited by Susan L. Douglass. Detroit, MI : Gale Group, c2001.

Science, Medicine, and Technology

A History Of Technology, v. 2. The Mediterranean civilizations and the Middle Ages, c. 700 B.C. to c. 1500 A.D., edited by Charles Singer Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1954-58.
Science And Its Times: Understanding The Social Significance Of Scientific Discovery , v.2 700-1449 -- v.3. 1450-Detroit : Gale Group, 2000.
A look at the scientific innovations of each century. Excellent bibliography of primary sources.
Encyclopedia of medical history. Roderick E. McGrew, New York : McGraw-Hill, c1985.
An introduction to the history of medicine: with medical chronology, suggestions for study and bibliographic data.

Daily Life

Daily life in Chaucer's England. Jeffrey L. Singman and Will McLean.Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1995.
Covers clothing, food, armor, entertainment; lots of pictures.
The food chronology: a food lover’s ompendium of events and anecdotes from prehistory to the present. New York : Henry Holt, 1995.
Black, Maggie. The medieval cookbook. New York: Thames and Hudson, c1992.
Cosman, Madeleine Pelner. Women at work in medieval Europe. New York : Facts on File, c2000.
Medieval English Towns.
Has histories of specific towns; many many links to other sites on urban medieval history.
Cassin-Scott, Kack. Illustrated Encyclopedia of Costume and Fashion from 1066 to the Present. 1994.
Many good examples of fashionable dress for each period.
What People Wore: A Visual History Of Dress From Ancient Times To Twentieth-Century America. New York: Viking Press, 1952.
The complete encyclopedia of arms & weapons, edited by Leonid Tarassuk and Claude Blair New York : Simon and Schuster, [c1982].
An historical guide to arms & armor. Stephen Bull; edited by Tony North. New York : Facts on File, c1991.
The Costume Site
Links to many costume design and historical fashion sites, by ethnicity time period and type of item (e.g. armor, corsets, shoes, make-up etc.) Many include instructions.
Historylink 101
Covers daily life, with photos, maps, artwork, statistics, biographies and narrative on medieval civilizations.

Literature and Art

Literature And Its Times: Profiles Of 300 Notable Literary Works And The Historical Events That Influenced Them v. 1. Ancient times to the American and French Revolutions, (pre-history-1790s) -- v. 2. Civil wars to frontier societies (1800-1880s) -- v. 3. Growth of empires to the Great Depression (1890-1930s). Detroit, MI : Gale Research, 1997.
Sets literary works of the period in their historical context.
World Literature And Its Times : Profiles Of Notable Literary Works And The Historical Events That Influenced Them. Detroit : Gale Group, c1999.
Dictionary of Literary Biography.
Mammoth, 300 volume collection of in-depth essays on writers and literary movements. Good for author biographies, but also for critical analysis of their work, and of the period. Indexed in Contemporary Authors, at the Reference Desk. Series includes:
The British literary book trade, 1475-1700, edited by James K. Bracken and Joel Silver. Detroit : Gale Research, c1996.
Castilian writers, 1400-1500, edited by Frank A. Domínguez and George D. Greenia. Detroit : Gale, c2004.
German writers of the Renaissance and Reformation, 1280-1580, edited by James Hardin and Max Reinhart. Detroit: Gale Research, c1997.
Literature of the French and Occitan Middle Ages: eleventh to fifteenth centuries. Edited by Deborah Sinnreich-Levi and Ian S. Laurie. Detroit: Gale Group, c1999.
Arts and humanities through the eras. [v. 3] Medieval Europe (814-1450) -- [v.4] Renaissance Europe (1300-1600). Detroit: Gale, 2004.
Covers fine and performing arts, philosophy and religion, and literature for each period.
Welch, Evelyn. Art And Society In Italy, 1350-1500 . Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.
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