Online Medieval Sources Bibliography

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

Source Details

Amt, Emilie, ed., Women's Lives in Medieval Europe: A Sourcebook 2nd Edition (London and New York, Routledge)

Text name(s): The Life of Christina of Markyate; Holy Maidenhood, The Book of the Knight of the Tower, The Book of Women; The Book of Margery Kempe

Number of pages of primary source text: 268

Author(s): 

Dates: 0 - 1469

Archival Reference: 

Original Language(s): 

  • Old/Middle Irish
  • Latin
  • Hebrew
  • French - Old French
  • Arabic
  • English - Middle English
  • Anglo-Norman

Translation: 

  • Translated into English.

Translation Comments: All texts translated into Standard Modern English.

Geopolitical Region(s): 

  • Spain
  • Ireland
  • Greece
  • Germany
  • France
  • Flanders
  • England
  • Europe
  • British Isles
  • Africa

County/Region: London; Verona; Magdeburg

Record Types: 

  • Disputation - Philosophical/Theological
  • Inquisition - Heresy
  • Law - Legislation
  • Law - Canon Law
  • Chronicle Annals
  • Court Roll
  • Contract
  • Hagiography
  • Charters Deeds
  • Literature - Prose
  • Court Roll - Ecclesiastical
  • Theology - Doctrine
  • Councils - Church
  • Account Roll - Household
  • Penitential
  • Treatise - Instruction/Advice
  • Biography
  • Will
  • Liturgy
  • Theology - Practical/Instructional
  • Monastic Rule
  • Law - Local Ordinances
  • Letter
  • Treatise - Scientific/Medical

Subject Headings: 

  • Women / Gender
  • Travel / Pilgrimage
  • Towns / Cities
  • Theology - Sacramental
  • Theology - Heretical
  • Science / Technology
  • Piety - Mysticism
  • Piety - Lay
  • Peasants
  • Nobility / Gentry
  • Muslims / Islam
  • Material Culture: Food Clothing, Household
  • Literature - Devotional
  • Law - Secular
  • Law - Crime
  • Law - Canon
  • Jews / Judaism
  • Historiography
  • Heresy
  • Economy - Trade
  • Family / Children
  • Economy - Crafts and Industry
  • Clergy - Monks Nuns, Friars

Apparatus: 

  • Index
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Introduction

Comments: 

This volume aims to provide the reader with a window into the lives of women who lived between the years 500-1500.
Because the editor has chosen to focus on “ordinary women,” rather than well-known queens or other well-known women, the sources are limited to historical documents, such as public and private records, letters, laws, regulations, and instructional works. As such, no literary or artistic sources are provided. The sources sometimes excerpted, sometimes whole, and are arranged chronologically along the following themes:

I. The Heritage of Ideas
II. Women and the Law
III. Marriage, Sex, Childbirth, and Health
IV. Noblewomen’s Lives
V. Peasant Women’s Lives
VI. Townswomen’s Lives
VIl. Religious Lives
VIII. Jewish, Muslim, and Heretic Women

At the back of the volume, the reader will find an index (271-277), bibliography (264-270), and glossary (258-262). This is an excellent resource for undergraduate and new graduate students, as it may introduce them to new and less accessible material.

Introduction Summary: 

The introduction (1-7) provides a brief overview of the history of medieval Europe from the fall of Rome, to the Carolingian Empire, to the development of cities, universities, and new religious movements during the High Middle Ages, and finally through to the plague and wars of the Later Middle Ages from 1300 to 1500.
It concludes with a brief note on money.

Cataloger: SKG

Clicky