Online Medieval Sources Bibliography

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

Source Details

Anderson, Roberta and Dominic Aidan Bellenger, eds., Medieval Worlds: A Sourcebook (London, Routledge)

Text name(s): Les Chroniques; The Vision of Piers Plowman; The City of God; Apologia; The Unconquered Knight; The Song of Roland; Le Morte D'Arthur; Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; The Canterbury Tales; The Christian Empire; The Rule of the Master; The Rule of St Benedict; Second Dialogue; St Odo of Cluny; An Apologia for Abbot William; On Contemplation; The Canticle of Brother Sun; The Rule of St Francis; The Donation of Constantine; The Dictus Papae; The Pope's Body; Vita S. Thomae Cantuariensis Archepiscopi et Martyris; Unam Sanctum; The Truce of God; The Conquest of Constantinople; The Book of Reflections; The Rule of the Order of the Knights Templar; Chronica Slavorum; The Golden Bull; The Fuero of Cuenca; Charter of Privileges; Chronicon sive Annales; Of the Deeds of Alfred; The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle; The Assize of Clarendon in Chronica; Magna Carta; Malleus Maleficarum; Of the Sects of the Modern Heretics; On Indulgences; Final Declaration (Jan Hus); On the Good of Marriage (Augustine); The Ancren Riwle; The Testament of St Clare; On the Six Days of Creation; Confessio Amantis; Gesta Abbatum; Monologion; On how to study; Of the reformation of the University of Paris; Summa Theologica; The Carolingian Capitulary; On the Correction of Peasants; Matthew of Paris; The Ordinance of Laborers; Summa Contra Gentiles; Cronica di Giovanni Villani; The History and Topography of Ireland; The Saga of the Greenlanders; The Travels of Marco Polo; The Cloud of Unknowing; La Divina Commedia

Number of pages of primary source text: 307

Author(s): 

Dates: 320 - 1485

Archival Reference: 

Original Language(s): 

  • Latin
  • Italian
  • French - Old French
  • English - Middle English
  • Anglo-Norman
  • English - Anglo-Saxon / Old English

Translation: 

  • Translated into English.

Translation Comments: All texts have been translated into Modern Standard English.

Geopolitical Region(s): 

  • Wales
  • Spain
  • Sicily
  • Italy
  • Ireland
  • Holy Roman Empire
  • Germany
  • France
  • Flanders
  • Europe
  • England
  • Byzantium
  • British Isles

County/Region: Wells; London; Florence; Nottingham; Derbyshire; Leicestershire; Wymeswold;

Record Types: 

  • Theology/Philosophy - Summa
  • Theology - Devotional
  • Treatise - Instruction/Advice
  • Theology - Mystical Work
  • Taxes - Poll Tax
  • Taxes
  • Sermons
  • Biography
  • Chronicle Annals
  • Contract
  • Charters Deeds
  • Cartulary
  • Councils - Secular
  • Extents and Surveys
  • Councils - Church
  • Disputation - Philosophical/Theological
  • Dialog
  • Court Roll
  • Guild Records
  • Inquisition - Heresy
  • Hagiography
  • Law - Local Ordinances
  • Law - Legislation
  • Law - Canon Law
  • Letter
  • Literature - Prose
  • Literature - Verse
  • Liturgy
  • Papal Bull
  • Monastic Rule
  • Penitential
  • Treatise - Political
  • Treatise - Scientific/Medical

Subject Headings: 

  • War - Military History
  • Vikings
  • War - Chivalry
  • Travel / Pilgrimage
  • Towns / Cities
  • Theology - Heretical
  • Theology - Ecclesiology
  • Science / Technology
  • Saints
  • Royalty / Monarchs
  • Revolt
  • Religion - Institutional Church
  • Piety - Mysticism
  • Plague and Disease
  • Piety - Lay
  • Piety - Confession Penance
  • Philosophy - Logic
  • Peasants
  • Philosophy / Theology
  • Papacy
  • Nobility / Gentry
  • Muslims / Islam
  • Monasticism
  • Military Orders
  • Medicine
  • Material Culture: Food Clothing, Household
  • Magic / Witchcraft
  • Literature - Folklore Legends
  • Literature - Devotional
  • Literature - Epics Romance
  • Literature - Comedy / Satire
  • Literature - Arthurian
  • Literature - Allegory
  • Law - Secular
  • Law - Canon
  • Historiography
  • Heresy
  • Grammar / Rhetoric
  • Government
  • Economy - Guilds and Labor
  • Education / Universities
  • Crusades
  • Clergy - Priests Bishops, Canons
  • Conversion
  • Church Fathers
  • Clergy - Monks Nuns, Friars
  • Carolingians
  • Byzantium
  • Architecture and Buildings
  • Women / Gender

Apparatus: 

  • Index
  • Bibliography

Comments: 

This volume aims to introduce students to medieval Western Europe by providing excerpts of sources from administrative documents to poetry. The book is organized by various types of medieval “worlds,” including the world of the monastery, the papacy, the crusades, the feudal kingdom, English politics, outsiders, women, the mind, the countryside, and the town. All sources have been selected from editions already translated into Modern Standard English, which makes this volume particularly useful for undergraduates. A bibliography (310-313) and index (314-328) are included, and while no official introduction exists, there are detailed introductions to each of the type of medieval “world.”

Introduction Summary: 

Cataloger: SKG

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