Online Medieval Sources Bibliography

An Annotated Bibliography of Printed and Online Primary Sources for the Middle Ages

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For some types of medieval document, determining the dates covered by the record can be difficult. If the source is a literary, philosophic, or theological text, the date of composition is in the database. If the source is a chronicle or annal that covers many centuries, the database records dates for which the author’s information is likely to be historically accurate. For example, for a universal chronicle that starts with creation but was written in the 8th century, catalogers have looked through the chronicle to see when information starts being factual rather than legendary; for a universal chronicle of the 8th century this is likely to be sometime in the 6th century. Further information about the dating of a record will be found in the Comments field.