This database provides a searchable bibliography of texts – from private letters, wills, and household accounts to literary works, philosophical treatises, chronicles, court proceedings, church records, and a host of other documents – that were written in the Middle Ages and are now available in printed or online editions and translations. The aim is to provide annotated entries that include information on the genre, contents, archival reference and original language of the text, as well as whether the publication includes a translation, introduction, appendices, glossary, and index. Where appropriate, the bibliography also includes hyperlinks to sources that are online.
Begun in Summer 2003, this database was designed to record details about printed and online primary sources that can shed light on the history, literature, culture, and religion of the Middle Ages. Although we have concentrated on primary sources that have been translated into English and are accessible in most college libraries or online, about one-third of the sources are in Latin, Greek, and the vernacular languages of the medieval period, including Coptic. The primary sources included here date mainly to the period between roughly 300 and 1500, although there are sources that date from before and after these years. Use the Search form to find sources that are in a specific language or by a named author, date from a specific period, cover particular regions or subjects, or are produced in a specific documentary format.