Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages Main D 117 .O92 2010 v. 1-3
Ancient Europe 8000 B.C.-1000 A.D.: Encyclopedia of the Barbarian World Reference D 62 .A52 2004 v. 1-2
V. 1 covers Mesolithic to Copper Ages, c8000-2000 B.C. V. 2 covers Bronze Age to early Middle Ages, c3000 B.C. - A.D. 1000.
Greenwood Encyclopedia of Global Medieval Life and Culture Main CB 351 .G743 2009 v. 1-3
Covers the whole world during the period called medieval in Western Europe. v. 1 covers Europe and the Americas. V. 2 covers Africa and the Middle East. V. 3 covers Asia and Oceania. For each, there are: chronology, maps, overview and topical essays (historical overview, religion, economy, arts, society, science/technology, global ties), short entries for: people, ideas, events and terms, primary documents, and an appendix about dynasties of rulers.
Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship, and Sexuality through History Consulting Reference HQ 21 .G67125 2008 v. 1-6
Women in the Middle Ages, an Encyclopedia. Main HQ 1143 .W643 2004 v. 1-2. Esp. good for its further reading references, which are in two categories, primary and secondary sources.
Women and Gender in Medieval Europe, an Encyclopedia. Main HQ 1147 .E85 W664 2006.
Reader's Guide to Women's Studies, Main HQ 1180 .R43 1998. Although titled "Reader's Guide" is more of a one volume dictionary, albeit with several further reading references at the beginning of each entry. Topical and biographical entries.
Lawler, Encyclopedia of Women in the Middle Ages, Main HQ 1143 .L38 2001. Both topical and biographical entries, with further reading references.
Women's Studies Encyclopedia, Main HQ 1115 .W645 1989, v. 3. V. 3 has a series of articles on medieval women (noble/lay, peasants, religious, treatment of rape in literature and law, urban). Some further reading references.
Dictionary of the Middle Ages, Main D 114 .D5 1982, v. 1-13
Lexikon des Mittelalters, Main D 101.5 .L4, Bd. 1-9
Cantor, Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages, Main D 114 .E53 1999. One volume, by a senior scholar and author of many books on the medieval period.
Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages, Reference D 114 .E53 2000 v. 1-2
Dictionary of the History of Ideas, Reference CB 5 .D52 2003 v. 1-5. Very, very useful for reading up on philosophies, ideas, and the authors associated with them.
New Cambridge Medieval History, Main D 117 .N48 1995. Previous ed called Cambridge Medieval History, also in Main, D 117 .C3. A multi-volume text on the medieval period which is in the process of revision. Currently v. 2-3 and 5-7 of the new 1995 edition are available, covering 700-1024 and 1198-1500. For the in between years, consult the older edition.
Oxford Illustrated History of Medieval Europe, Main D 102 .O94 1988. Similar to the above, but only one volume and with pictures. Using this or the New Cambridge... or one of the dictionaries or encyclopedias might help you choose a topic or get some ideas of how to narrow a topic to make it doable.
Medieval England, an Encyclopedia, Reference DA 129 .M43 1998. Topical and biographical entries. See women, women and the arts, women in middle English literature, women in old English literature. Both primary and secondary further reading references.
Historical Dictionary of Late Medieval England, 1272-1485, Main DA 175 .H56 2002. Biographical and topical articles with further reading references. See women, marriage, monasticism. Also has a subject index.
Dictionnaire de la France Médiévale, Main DC 60.6 .F38 1993. Topical and biographical entries. In French. See femme, mariage.
Duby and Perrot, eds. History of Women in the West, Main HQ 1121 .S79513 1992 v. 1-2. A text. V. 1 from ancient goddesses to Christian saints. V. 2 silences of the Middle Ages. For topic ideas, narrowing, and reading up.
Aries and Duby, eds. History of Private Life, Main HN 8 .H5713 1987. A text. V.1 from pagan Rome to Byzantium. V. 2 revelations of the medieval world. For topic ideas, narrowing, and reading up.
Oxford Classical Dictionary, Main and DMC 4 West DE 5 .O9 2003, also on the Internet via our electronic resources page, texts and links.
Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization, Main DE 5 .O92 1998
Late Antiquity, a Guide to the Postclassical World, Main DE 5 .L29 1999. Has chapters on religious communities, the good life, habitat, among others. This is followed by a dictionary portion with both topical and biographical entries.
Lexikon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Fine Arts-Art, Permanent Reserve 1, NX 650 .M9 L48.
Lexikon der Christlichen Ikonographie, Fine Arts-Art, Reference BV 150 .A85 v. 1
Index of Christian Art, Largest database of medieval art. Full-text records for over 23, 000 works of art from early apostolic times to 1400. Works classified by details of subject and iconography, as well as artist's name, title of work, and medium. Some color images online. Other images may be found in publications in the bibliographic references accompanying the entries. Bibliography has 18,000 references covering iconography, art history, archaeology, religion, classical studies. For other works in book form, such as the above work, use the subject heading Christian art and symbolism-dictionaries in our online catalog.
Carolingian and Romanesque Architecture, 800-1200, Fine Arts-Art, NA 365 .C6 1987. A text in a noted series of art history texts. To read up on a topic and help narrow it appropriately.
New Catholic Encyclopedia, Reference, BX 841 .C25 2003 v. 1-14. Might be interesting to see how entries to do with women have changed since the 1913 or 1967 editions, which are in Consulting Reference.
Encyclopedia of Global Historical Writings, Main D 13 .G47 1998 v. 1-2. Useful if you wanted to study the work of a particular historian of the medieval period. Here you can read about him/her, find a list of the author's works, and get further reading suggestions. Also entries for old and new forms of writing about the past.
Dictionary of Military History and the Art of War, Main U 24 .D4913 1994. Should you need a dictionary about these subjects.
Handbook of Dates for Students of English History, Main DA 34 .H29 2000. History of Julian and Gregorian calendars. Lists of English rulers, popes, saints' and other festival days, dates for Easter, legal chronology.