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Medieval West - Additional Web Resources: Women

This is a guide to free web sites about the Medieval West: general and history, images, law, literature, science, women, philosophy, religion, scholarly organnizations, scholarly discussion lists.


Epistolae, Epistolae is a collection of letters to and from women in the Middle Ages, from the 4th to 13th century. The letters, written in Latin appear under the names of the women involved, with English translations where possible, biographical sketches of the women and some description of the subject matter or the historic content of the letter. A project originally of Joan Ferrante of Columbia University.

Margery Kempe Online

Digital facsimile of The Book of Margery Kempe alongside a modern transcription in facing page format.  Facsimile and transcription of de Worde's printed edition.  Comprehensive bibliography.  By Joel Fredell, Southeast Louisiana University.

Matrix, Resources for the Study of Women’s Religious Communities, An ongoing, collaborative effort of international scholars of medieval history, art history, archaeology, religion, and other disciplines, as well as librarians and experts in computer technology. The goal is to document the participation of Christian women in the religion and society of medieval Europe, 500-1500. Uses both primary and secondary sources, although the basis is unpublished archival material. The basis of Matrix is the Monasticon, a repertory of profiles of religious women’s communities. Biographies of individuals associated with communities in the Monasticon. Chartulary of primary source documents. Bibliography of over 5000 published and unpublished sources, which aims to be a comprehensive database of citations related to women’s religious lives. Glossary. Archive of articles. Visual Library (images).

Robbins Library Bibliographies, Part of the Camelot Project of the University of Rochester. One of the bibliographies offered is called Women Writers of the Middle Ages. Unannotated. Has general sources followed by primary and secondary texts works on individual women writers arranged alphabetically. Call numbers provided are for University of Rochester; check our online catalog.

ViVa: a Bibliography of Women’s History in Historical and Women’s Studies Journals, on the Internet via our Electronic Resources, Indexes. Contains more than 7500 bibliographic records describing articles published from 1975-2002 in women’s history and women’s studies journals.

Peregrina Publishing Company, A publisher offering some texts online.

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