Medieval Studies is a wide-ranging subject embracing theology, art history, literature, archaeology and so forth. What follows is a very basic bibliography of resources (mainly available at Mt. Angel Abbey Library and on the Web, although some other resources are listed).
Since Medieval Studies is an interdisciplinary field, tools for bibliographic access are very important. Needless to say, bibliographies specific to fields like literature, history, and art have sections dealing with the medieval topics. The two most comprehensive bibliographies devoted specifically to medieval studies are:
- International Medieval Bibliography. Leeds: University of Leeds, 1968-. Published twice a year. Arranged by subject (e.g. daily life, economics, social [history]), with author and subject index at the end of each issue. (Z 6203 .I63)
- Medioevo Latino. Spoleto: Centro di Studi sull' Alto Medioevo, 1980-. Covers 6th through 13 centuries. Arranged alphabetically by medieval authors and texts, then by subjects. At back of each volume are indices of manuscripts, Latin words, places, modern authors. (LatX Z 2000 M35)
- Bulletin de théologie ancienne et médiévale. Leuven: Mont César, 1929-. A more specialized bibliography. Each issue has entries arranged chronologically by subject, with separate author index. The final issue in each multi-year volume has index of names as well as index of theological topics. (Bound Periodicals)
- Williams, Harry Franklin An Index of Mediaeval Studies Published in Festschriften, 1865-1946. University of California Press, 1951. (LatX Z 6203 W5 1951)
- Boyce, Gray Cowan, ed. Literature of Medieval History, 1930-1975. (Supplement to Paetow). 5 vols. Millwood, NY: Kraus International Publications, 1981. (LatX Z 6203 P25 1981)
- Crosby, Everett, et. al. Medieval Studies: A Bibliographical Guide. New York: Garland, 1983. (LatX Z 5579.5 C883 1983)
- Stratman, Carl. Bibliography of Medieval Drama. 2 vols. 2nd ed. New York, F. Ungar, 1972. (LatX Z 5782 A2 S8)
- Typologie des Sources du Moyen âge occidental. Ed. Léopold Genicot. Turnhout : Brepols, 1972-. Over 50 volumes to date, in French, German or English, each volume dealing with a single sort of evidence: coins, hymns, tree rings, inscriptions, etc. (LatX Z 6203 T95)
Encyclopedic Reference Works
- Butler's Lives of the Saints. Ed. Alban Butler, Herbert Thurston and Donald Attwater. 4 vols. Westminster, Md. : Christian Classics, 1981. Available on CD-ROM in the Reference area. (BX 4654 B976); copy in Lat Xn
- The Cambridge Medieval History. Ed. J.B. Bury and H.M. Gwatkin. 9 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1966-. (Lat Xn D 117 C144) There is a two-volume abridgement, edited by Previté-Orton: The Shorter Cambridge Medieval History Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1966. (D 117 P929 1966)
- Dictionary of the Middle Ages. Ed. Joseph R. Strayer. 12 vols. + index. New York: Scribner's, 1982-. (LatX D 114 D5). In Lat Xn there are equivalent encyclopedias of the Middle Ages in German (still in progress) and in the Scandinavian Languages.
- Dictionnaire de Spiritualité Ed. Marcel Viller, et al. Paris: Beauchesne, 1937-. Now almost complete, this encyclopedia is excellent for the history of religious practices and ideas. (LatX BX 841 D67)
- New Catholic Encyclopedia. 14 vols. + index. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1967. (Reference BX 841 N44) [copy in LatX]
- Barbur, Richard. Penguin Guide to Medieval Europe. New York: Penguin, 1984. (D 127 B233 1984p)
- Kaske, E. Robert. Medieval Christian Literary Imagery. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 1988. (PN 671 Z99 K37 1988)
- Powell, James M. Medieval Studies: An Introduction. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse U P, 1976. (D 116 M4 1976)
- Bell, David N. Many Mansions: An Introduction to the Development and Diversity of Medieval Theology. Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Pub., 1996. (BX 3409 C497 no.146 1996)
- Grant, Edward. The Foundations of Modern Science in the Middle Ages. Cambridge: Cambridge U P, 1996. (Q 124.97 G68 1996)
- Huizinga, Johan. The Autumn of the Middle Ages. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996. (DC 33.2 H83 1996)
- Stephenson, Carl. Mediaeval Institutions Cornell U P, 1967. (CB 351 S75 1967)
- Historical Inquiries Ed. Paul Maurice Clogan. Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1997. (D 111 M5 no.24)
- Medieval Women Monastics: Wisdom's Wellsprings. Ed. Miriam Schmitt and Linda Kulzer. Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 1996. (BX 4200 M43 1996)
Journals: Medieval History, Thought, and Language
(Some of these journals are not carried by the Abbey library)
- Analecta Bollandiana. (1882-) Hagiography; articles in European languages.
- Archives d'histoire doctrinale et littéraire du Moyen Age. (1926-). Deals mainly with the history of philosophy of theology. Most articles in French; published by Vrin.
- Cahiers de civilization médiévale. (1958-). University of Poitiers. French. History.
- Medieval Studies (1939-). Published by the Pontifical Medieval Institute in Toronto. French, German and English.
- Proceedings of the PMR Conference (1976-). Publication of the Patristic, Mediaeval, and Renaissance Conference, an annual Mid-Atlantic States Conference sponsored by the Augustinian Historical Institute.
- Recherches de théologie ancienne et médiévale. (1929-). Published by the monks of Kaisersberg Abbey, Leuven. A leading journal for the study of Christian thought. Mostly in French.
- Scriptorium. (1947-). International review of manuscript studies. Mostly French.
- Speculum. (1926-). Journal of the American Medieval Academy. English. Usually contains four or five articles and a hundred or so book reviews.
- Studi Medievali sull'alto medioevo. (N.S. 1982-). An excellent semi-annual publication on the early Middle Ages. Articles in European languages, mainly Italian. History.
- Traditio: Studies in Ancient and Medieval History, Thought and Religion. (1943-) Published by Fordham University.
- NetSERF: The Internet Connection for Medieval Resources. The goal is to provide a well-ordered index of medieval resources on the Internet. A good place to start browsing. (http://www.netserf.org/)
The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies. Provides organized access to electronic resources in medieval studies. Includes a search engine for locating resources on a particular topic. (http://labyrinth.georgetown.edu/)
- The Online Medieval and Classical Library. A collection of some of the most important literary works of Classical and Medieval civilization. (http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/OMACL/)
- The On-line Reference Book for Medieval Studies (ORB). A cooperative effort on the part of scholars across the internet to establish an online textbook source for medieval studies on the World-Wide Web. (http://www.the-orb.net/)
- EuroDocs: Primary Historical Documents From Western Europe. A s the name suggests, this site provides links to documents which shed light on key historical happenings within Western Europe. (http://library.byu.edu/~rdh/eurodocs/)
- Guide to Early Church Documents. Online documents relating to the early church, including canonical documents, creeds, the writings of the Apostolic Fathers and other historical texts relevant to church history. (http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/christian-history.html)
- Summa Theologica of St. Thomas Aquinas. English translation by the Fathers of the English Dominican Province. Complete text. (http://www.sacred-texts.com/chr/aquinas/summa/index.htm)