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Research Tools for Medieval History

Compiled by Michael Stoller


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The following bibliography was compiled by Prof. Michael Stoller and posted, with his permission, in three parts to discussion list mediev- l@ukanvm.cc.ukans.edu beginning 9 October 1994 by Karen L. Green. Our thanks to both for making this resource available to the public.

Lynn Nelson
26 November 1994

When this list was given to us it had no publication information. I thought of going through our card catalogue and giving the data for the editions I used, but I quickly abandoned that option for the infinitely lazier and more comfy alternative of looking them up in RLIN. Please keep in mind that some of these works come in many editions and that what is listed is not necessarily the only option.

This is not, of course, a definitive list. It was meant to introduce us to different genres of resource material, and the entries represent examples of those genres. The existence of the more obvious lacunae of hagiographical and canon law materials is due to the nature of Columbia's first-year seminars. The course is rotated among the Medieval History faculty, and those two areas are the province of other professors. If anyone were to need bibliography for either of those topics, I could probably dig something up.

  • Powell, James M. . _Medieval Studies_ 2nd edition. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1992.
  • Caenegem, R. C. van. _Guide to the Sources of Medieval History_. Amsterdam, New York:North-Holland Pub. Co. , 1978.
    • Dekkers, E. _Clavis patrum latinorum_. Steenbrugis: in abbatia Sancti Petri, 1961; and Geerard, Maurice. _Clavis patrum graecorum_. Turnhout: Brepols, 1974- . Indexes of patristic authors, keyed to Migne's Patrology.
    • Gams, P. B. _Series episcoporum Ecclesia Catholica_. Ratisbonae: G. S. Manz, 1873.
    • Eubel, C. _Hierarchia catholica medii aevi. Monasterii, sumptibus et typis Librariae Regensbergianae, 1913-1935. The Gams for the late middle ages; post-1198.
    • Jaffe, Ph. _Regesta pontificum Romanorum_. Graz:Akademische Druck- u. Verlaganstalt, 1956. Register of papal letters from Peter to Alexander III.
    • Potthast, A. _Bibliotheca historica medii aevi: Wegweiser durch die Geschichtswerke des europaischen Mittelalters bis 1500_. Berlin: W. Weber, 1896. An index to medieval writers, alphabetized by author. Lists mss. , editions and translations.
    • _Repertorium fontium historiae medii aevi_. Romae: Instituto storico Italiano, 1978 - . An updating of Potthast (above). Far more detailed, but still incomplete - only goes to K.
    • Sawicki, J. _Bibliographia synodorum particularium_. Monumenta iuris canonici. Series C, subsidia; vol. 2. E Civitate Vaticana: S. Congregatio de Seminariis et Studiorum Universitatibus, 1967
    • Cappelli, A. _Cronologia, cronografia e calendario perpetuo. . . . _. Milano: Hoepli, 1930.
    • Cappelli, A. _Lexicon abbreviaturarum. . . . _. Milano: Hoepli, 1973.
    • Chevalier, C. U. _Repertoire des sources historiques du moyen age. Bibliographie_. Paris: Societe bibliographique, 1877-1903.
    • Cottineau, L. H. & G. Poras. _Repertoire topo-bibliographique des abbayes et prieures_. Macon: Protat Freres, 1935-1970.
    • Erben, W. , L. Schmitz-Kallenberg & O. Redlich, _Urkundenlehre_. Munchen: R. Oldenbourg, 1907-1911. Vol. 1 is a general introduction and vol. 3 treats private documents. Vol. 2 never appeared.
    • Giry, A. _Manuel de diplomatique_. Paris:Hachette, 1894.
    • Graesse, J. G. , F. Benedict, H. Plechl. _Orbis latinus: Lexicon lateinischer geographischer Namen_. Braunschweig: Klinkhardt & Biermann, 1971. A dictionary of Latin place names and their vernacular equivalents. Try to find the 3-volume set, not the single volume abridgement.
    • Molinier, A. _Les sources de l'histoire de France. Des origines aux guerres d'Italie_. Paris:A. Picard, 1901-1906.
    • Fawtier, R. _Les sources de l'histoire de France des origines a fin a la fin du XVe siecle_. Paris:Editions A. et J. Picard, 1971- .
    • Manitius, M. _Geschichte der lateinischen Literatur des Mittelalters_. Munchen: Beck, 1911-1913.
    • Wattenbach, W. _Deutschlands Geschichtsquellen im Mittelalter_. Weimar: H. Bohlaus Nachfolger, 1952-1973. This bibliography has been redone in parts by W. Levison (_Vorzeit u. Karolinger_), R. Holtzmann (_Deutsche Kaiserzeit_ , _Die Zeit der Sachsen u. Salier_ , _Das Zeitalter des ottonischen Staates_ , _Das Zeitalters des Investiturs_).
    • (Background:See David Knowles, _Great Historical Enterprises_and/orR. C. Van Caenagem, _Guide to the Sources of Medieval History_. )
    • Migne, J. P. _Patrologiae cursus completus. . . . _Series Latina & Series Graeca.
    • _Monumenta Germaniae Historica_ Subseries:Scriptores, Leges, Diplomata, Antiquitates, Deutsches Mittelalter & Quellen zur Geistesgeschichte des Mittelalters, Scriptores in usu scholarum, Schriften, as well as the MGH journals: Deutsches Archiv, Archiv and Neues Archiv. (If you're as lucky as we are, all the MGH elements will be in one place so that you can appreciate its enormity. )
    • _Rerum Britannicarum medii aevi scriptores_ (Rolls Series) - The British contribution to the PL/MGH appraoach to source gathering, controlled by the head of the Public Rolls Office. For those working in English history, see also the collections developed by the Camden Society, the Royal Historical Society and the Pipe Roll Society, among others.
    • _Recueil des historiens des Gaules et de la France_. M. Bouquet, ed. , vols 1- 13. Academie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, vols. 14-24. Academie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres. _Receuil des historiens de la France_. Subseries:Documents financiers, Obituaires, Pouilles. Also see:_Chartes et diplomes relatifs a l'histoire de France_.
    • Academie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres. _Receuil des historiens des croisades_. Subseries:Lois, Historiens occidentaux, Historiens grecs, Historiens orientaux, Documents armeniens.
    • _Gallia christiana_. Begun by the Assemblee du Clerge, continued by the Academie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres. A unique collection of sources on the French church.
    • Comite des Travaux historiques et scientifiques. _Collection de documents inedits sur l'histoire de France_.
    • Muratori, L. A. _Rerum italicorum scriptores_. An updating of Muratori, in progress, is being produced by G. Carducci & V. Fiorini.
    • Istituto storico italiano. _Fonti per la storia d'Italia_.
    • For information on how to navigate the chronicles in many of the above- mentioned sources, see M. McCormick, _Les annales du haut moyen age_ (=Typologie des sources du Moyen Age occidental, fasc. 14).
    • _MGH_, Epistolae selecta; Libelli de lite; Deutches Mittelalter 1.
    • Jaffe, Ph. _Codex Udalrici_. Bibliotheca rerum germanicarum 5. Berlin: 1864-1873; Aalen: Scientia Verlag, 1964.
    • Rolls Series 67(5) to 67(7) - _Materials for the history of Thomas Becket.
    • MGH Leges.
    • Laur, P. & C. Samaran. _Les originaux des Merovingiens_.
    • Van de Kieft, C. & J. F. Niermeijer. _Elenchus fontium historiae urbanae_. Leiden:E. J. Brill, 1967 - .
    • Picot, G. _Documents relatifs aux etats generaux et assemblies reunis sous Philippe le Bel_. Paris: Imprimerie nationale, 1901.
    • _Deutsche Reichstagakten_. Gottingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1867 - .
    • Beugnot, A. A. _Les olim ou registres des arrets rendus par la Cour du Roi_. Paris: Imprimerie royale, 1839-1848.
    • Duvernoy, J. _Le Registre d'Inquisition de Jacques Fournier, eveque de Pamiers (1318-1325)_.
    • Guerard, B. _Polyptique de l'abbe Irminon ou denombrement des manses, des serfs et des revenus de l'abbaye de Saint-Germaine-des-Pres sous le regne de Charlemagne_.
    • Lognon, A. _Polyptique de l'abbaye de Saint-Germaine-des-Pres, redige au temps de l'abbe Irminon_. Geneve:Megariotis Reprints, 1978.
    • Also see:E. A. Kosminsky, "The Hundred Rolls of 1279-80 as a source for English agrarian history" in _Economic History Review 3_.
    • Morris, John, ed. & trans. _Domesday Book_. 38 vols. Chichester: Phillimore, 1975 - .
    • Fabre, P. & L. Duchesne. _Liber censuum romanae ecclesiae_.
    • _MGH Necrologiae Germaniae_.
    • Piper, P. _Liber Confraternitatum Sancti Galli, Augiensis, Fabariensis_.
    • _Recueil des historiens de la France, Series Obituaires_.
    • _Liber feodorum. The Book of Fees commonly called Testa de Nevill_. Nendeln, Liechtenstein: Kraus Reprint, 1971.
    • _The Rolls of the Freemen of the Borough of Lancaster_. Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, 1935-1938.
    • _Rationes decimarum Italiae nei secoli XIII e XIV_ (= Studi e testi 58, 60, 69, 84, 96-98, 112-113, 128, 148, 161-162).
    • _The Publications of the Pipe Roll Society_.
    • Labarge, M. W. _A Baronial Household of the Thirteenth Century_. London: Harvester Press, 1980.
    • Farr, M. W. _Accounts and Surveys of the Wiltshire Lands of Adam de Stratton_ (=Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society Records Branch 15; Devizes: 1959)
    • _Recueil des historiens de la France, Documents financiers_.
    • Kristeller, Paul O. _Latin Manuscripts Books before 1600:A List of the Printed Catalogues and Unpublished Inventories of Extant Collections_. Munchen: MGH, 1993.
    • Mazzatinti, G. , et al. _Inventari dei manoscritti delle biblioteche d'Italia_. Firenze: L. S. Olschki, 1890- .
    • _Catalogue general des manuscrits des bibliotheques publiques des departements_.
    • _List of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum. . . . _ . London:Trustees of the Museum.
    • _Codices Vaticani Latini_. Romae: typis polyglottis Vaticanis, 1902 - .

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