Online Medieval Sources Bibliography

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

Source Details

Grant, Edward, A Source Book in Medieval Science (Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press)

Text name(s): Theory of the Planets; "On Comets"; "On the Formation of Minerals"; On the Formation of Stones and Mountains"; On the Causes of the Tides" and "On the Rainbow (Robert Grosseteste); "Letter on the Magnet" (Peter Peregrinus); Averroes' Comment on Text 71; Algorismus proportionum; De sinibus demonstratis

Number of pages of primary source text: 806


Dates: 400 - 1662

Archival Reference: 

Original Language(s): 

  • Latin
  • Greek
  • Arabic


  • Translated into English.

Translation Comments: 

Geopolitical Region(s): 

  • Sicily
  • Persia
  • Middle East
  • Italy
  • Iberian Peninsula
  • Germany
  • England
  • France
  • Flanders
  • Africa


Record Types: 

  • Law - Legislation
  • Translation
  • Treatise - Scientific/Medical

Subject Headings: 

  • Science - Mathematics
  • Science - Astronomy
  • Science / Technology
  • Philosophy - Platonic / Neo-Platonic
  • Philosophy - Logic
  • Philosophy - Ethics / Moral Theology
  • Philisophy - Aristotelian
  • Philosophy / Theology
  • Medicine
  • Grammar / Rhetoric
  • Education / Universities


  • Index


This volume of excerpted, translated texts seeks to fill the need of historians of science for access to a comprehensive coverage of science in the Middle Ages. As such, it includes many obscure and often overlooked authors, thorough annotations, brief biographies of each author (809-830), and an index (831-864). That the texts are translated into Modern English, however, also makes the volume useful to advanced undergraduate students. The sources of the volume are mostly drawn from the high and late Middle Ages, though it includes some Late Antique works. The book is thus split into two sections, the second with various subsections:
Early Middle Ages: The Latin Encyclopedists
Later Middle Ages: The Translation of Greek and Arabic Science into Latin; Typical Scientific Questions Based on Aristotle’s Major Physical Treatises; Physics; Astronomy, Astrology, and Cosmology; Alchemy and Chemistry; Geology, Geography, and Oceanography; Medicine

Introduction Summary: 

Cataloger: SKG