Online Medieval Sources Bibliography

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

Source Details

Raby, F.J.E., ed., The Oxford Book of Medieval Latin Verse (Oxford, Oxford University Press)

Text name(s): 

Number of pages of primary source text: 448


Dates: 250 - 1350

Archival Reference: 

Original Language(s): 

  • Latin


  • Original language included.

Translation Comments: 

Geopolitical Region(s): 

  • England
  • Spain
  • France
  • Germany
  • Holy Roman Empire
  • Wales


Record Types: 

  • Literature - Verse

Subject Headings: 

  • Piety
  • Monasticism
  • War - Chivalry
  • Travel / Pilgrimage
  • Papacy
  • Philosophy / Theology
  • Apocalypticism
  • Carolingians
  • Art
  • Church Fathers
  • Classics / Humanism
  • Crusades
  • Conversion
  • Literature - Allegory


  • Index
  • Introduction


This volume is a collection of a substantial selection of medieval Latin poetry. Latin verse poetry flourished during the medieval period, and exceptional amounts of poetry survive from the periods known as the Carolingian Renaissance and the Renaissance of the Twelfth Century. The poems vary widely in their themes. Some deal with love, war, and chivalry, while others with piety, recounting holy visions, the life of Christ, the afterlife, and the crusades.

Introduction Summary: 

The brief introduction (14pp.) contextualizes the importance of medieval Latin poetry compared to classical poetry. The editor then briefly surveys the various periods of evolution with which medieval verse can be characterized: late antique, Carolingian, twelfth century, and later medieval.

Cataloger: AJP