Online Medieval Sources Bibliography

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

Source Details

Noble, Thomas, ed.; Head, Thomas, ed., Soldiers of Christ: Saints and Saints' Lives from Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (University Park, Pa: Pennsylvania University Press)

Text name(s): Life of Saint Martin of Tours; Life of Saint Augustine; Life of Saint Germanus of Auxerre; Life of Saint Boniface; Hodoeporicon of Saint Willibald; Life of Saint Sturm; Life of Saint Willibrord; Life of Saint Benedict, Abbot of Aniane and of Inde; Life of Saint Leoba; Life of Saint Willehad; Life of Saint Gerale of Aurillac

Number of pages of primary source text: 362


Dates: 396 - 909

Archival Reference: 

Original Language(s): 

  • Latin


  • Translated into English.

Translation Comments: 

Geopolitical Region(s): 

  • England
  • British Isles
  • Europe
  • Germany
  • Italy


Record Types: 

  • Hagiography

Subject Headings: 

  • Early Germanic Peoples: Goths, Franks, etc.
  • Conversion
  • Clergy - Priests, Bishops, Canons
  • Clergy - Monks, Nuns, Friars
  • Church Fathers
  • Carolingians
  • Literature - Devotional
  • Nobility / Gentry
  • Piety
  • Religion - Institutional Church
  • Royalty / Monarchs
  • Saints
  • Travel / Pilgrimage
  • Women / Gender


  • Index
  • Introduction


A collection of hagiographical texts from late antiquity to 1000. This collection provides translations for some of the most influential saints’ lives from the early Middle Ages. Each life has a short introduction about the author of the life and the historical life of the saint depicted. These sources not only give a view of early medieval piety and religious values, but also show the literary style and the literary tropes used in the writing of hagiography. This volume is geared toward students.

Introduction Summary: 

The introduction (xiii-xliv) gives a detailed history of Christian devotional practices and writing from late antiquity to the year 1000 with special emphasis placed on discussing the cult of the saints, the use of relics, and the importance of martyrdom and hagiography.

Cataloger: cdb