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Medieval English Peasant: Subject Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

This is a guide to researching the medieval English peasant. Medieval West -- Reference Sources and Medieval West -- Additional Web Resources are more extensive research guides.

Subject Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia of European Social History

Ref. HN 373 .E63 2001 v. 1-5
Covers only the latter portion of the Middle Ages. V. 1 has table of contents for all volumes, showing the articles contained in each. V. 2 has a section "rural life," with articles on agriculture, land tenure, serfdom: Western Europe, peasant and farming villages. V. 3 has ssection "social structure" with articles on peasants and rural laborers. These articles are extensive and have a bibliography at the end. Signed entries by scholars.

Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages

Ref. D 114 .E53 2000 v. 1-2
Articles vary in length from a paragraph to a couple of pages, are signed, by scholars, and have a short bibliography for further reading at the ends. Topics, places, events, people.  Online version (2006 edition)

Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages

Main D 117 .O92 2010 v. 1-4

This is a brand new work in 2010, intended to replace the 13 v. Dictionary of the Middle Ages published in the early 1980s.  We offer it both online and in paper.

Historical Dictionary of Late Medieval England, 1272-1485

Main  DA 175 .H56 2002
Goal is to synthesize the scholarship on the Middle Ages, emphasizing "political religious, constitutional, and military aspects of English history during the late Middle Ages. At the same time, topics dealing with social, economic, cultural and intellectual history have been included...." Further reading references, plus extensive bibliography at the end of the book; see esp. pp. 618-20. Signed articles, by scholars.

Medieval England, an Encyclopedia

Ref. DA 129 .M43 1998
"[This] is an introduction to the society and culture of England from the coming of the Anglo-Saxons in the 5th century through the accession of the Tudor dynasty (1485) and the turn of the 16th century." Articles on topics, places, persons, events, are signed, by scholars. Bibliographical references.

Oxford Companion to British History
Main DA 34 .O93 1997
Very short articles, unsigned, no further reading references. High quality publisher, though. Both paper and online versions available.

Companion to Britain in the Later Middle  Ages

Main DA 175 .C598 2003

A "companion" in the sense of guidebook, meaning chapters on various topics authored by individual scholars: land and people; women and gender; economy and society; law, society and the state; religion and piety; education and society; culture and society, etc.   Large bibliography of secondary sources at the end.

Encyclopedia of the Black Death

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