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Medieval English Peasant: Web Sites

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.

Web Sites

ORB, Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies

Contains 1)ORB Encyclopedia, a chronological and geographical index of essays, bibliographies, images, documents, links and other resources, 2) ORB Textbook Library of full-length texts in medieval studies for classroom use, 3) ORB Reference Shelf of links to excerpts and full texts from primary and secondary sources in ORB or elsewhere on the internet, 4) Resources for Teaching, such as subject bibliographies, 5) external links to other web sites, 6) resources for non-specialists, 7) E-Texts, new transcriptions and/or translations of important medieval texts that have not previously been accessible in print or electronic format. There are also links to several other principal medieval studies web sites: Labyrinth, Internet Medieval Sourcebook, Netserf, Argos, and World Wide Web Virtual Library Medieval.

Internet Medieval Sourcebook

Extensive collection of medieval texts and excerpts for teaching and student research. Saints' lives, law material, secondary sources, medieval maps, texts in Spanish and French, links to other medieval web sites, a guide to medieval-themed films, and a guide to music from ancient times to Baroque, with recommended recordings.

Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies

From Georgetown University. Links to: databases, full-texts of primary sources, images, bibliographies, catalogues, course materials, discussion lists, organizations, secondary books and articles, and videos. Use either keyword searches or a combination of subject category and type of material desired.

Netserf: the Internet Connection for Medieval Resources

A metasite of 1707 medieval-related links developed by Catholic University of America. Glossary of medieval terms. Simple and advanced searches. Topical arrangement. Sample topics: art, architecture, Arthuriana, civilizations, culture, drama, history, law, literature, music, people, philosophy, religions, science and technology, women. Research Center has links to libraries, museums, archives, bibliographies, organizations, and journals.

English Medieval Legal Documents A.D. 600-A.D. 1535

The goal of this project is to create a collaborative database on the published sources of English medieval legal documents, and to provide links to the growing number of online sources currently being developed. The guide has been created for the use of scholars and students of English medieval law, and it is our expectation that it will continue to grow and take off in new directions, based on the contributions of legal scholars, librarians, and information specialists throughout the world. If you are aware of new digitizing initiatives or new publications of medieval legal documents, or if you would like to add, edit, or comment on the present contents of this wiki, please feel free to do so. You may register by clicking on the link on the right of your screen.

EuroDocs: Primary Historical Documents from Western Europe

These links connect to Western European (mainly primary) historical documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated. They shed light on key historical happenings within the respective countries (and within the broadest sense of political, economic, social, and cultural history). Covers medieval and Renaissance, Europe as a supranational region, as well as documents of individual countries. From Brigham Young University.

European History Primary Sources

Provides links to scholarly websites of digitized primary documents and online digital archives on European history.  Browse by country, language, period, subject, or type of source.

Manorial Documents Register

The Manorial Documents Register (MDR) is the official index to English and Welsh manorial records, providing brief descriptions of documents and details of their locations in public and private hands. Manorial documents noted in the MDR are defined by the Manorial Documents Rules as court rolls, surveys, maps, terriers, documents and books of every description relating to the boundaries, franchises, wastes, customs or courts of a manor. Title deeds are not included in the MDR. 

Medieval and Renaissance Studies

This guide is a list of scholarly resources in Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Studies. Intended primarily for librarians; it may be useful to scholars in this field.  It is curated and managed by members of the European Studies Section (ESS) of the Association of College & Research Libraries. Users are free to copy and edit content from this guide for their own purposes.

Medieval Disability Sourcebook: Western Europe

Medieval Disability Sourcebook: Western Europe examines medieval documents relating to impairments and disabilities. It is an open access book on DOAB and JSTOR.  MSU Libraries has the paper copy also.  The Society for the Study of Disability in the Middle Ages is behind the work and it has over 40 contributors. The book is divided by format – historical and medical documents, religious texts, poetry, prose, and images. Each entry includes an introduction to the document with an emphasis on the representation of the disabilities and the significance of religious, legal, and medical perceptions of the impairments. For further reading, a bibliography is provided. All documents are presented in modern English, often with the original text alongside the translation. A thematic table of content is available which provides a list of the primary sources arranged by disability or impairment including blindness, mental illness, leprosy, and (in)fertility and reproduction.

Medieval Murder Map

Produced by Prof. Manuel Eisner, Violence Research Centre, University of Cambridge, this is an interactive map of 142 murders within the city of London in the first half of the 14th c.  Gives the story based on original records of inquests held by coroner before a jury of free men from the ward in which the murder occurred or from 3 neighboring wards.  Filter results by gender, location of crime, weapon used, and whether the crime happened in a public or private space.  Find contextualizing data the "historical background" link.

Online Medieval Sources Bibliography

Annotated database of printed and online sources for study of the Mieed Ages by Maryanne Kowaleski, Fordham University.

See also another M.S.U. Libraries' research guide called Medieval West--Additional Web Resources

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