Comprehensive sites / General indexes
- ORB: The Online Reference Book for Medieval
- Primary and secondary resources from medieval scholars. This site includes
original articles, graphics links, links to full text documents, and to other
sites for culture of the Middle Ages. Try The
- The Labyrinth: Resources for
- Huge, searchable list of links
- NetSERF: The Internet Connection for Medieval
- A "meta-index" of Internet resources. Over 1400 links in more than a dozen
Library - Medieval Europe
- An extensive directory of sites.
- Exploring Ancient World
Cultures: Medieval Europe
- Some primary source texts, essays and timelines. Puts events in a cross-cultural
perspective with other areas of the world.
- WWW Medieval Resources
- Another excellent link collection.
- Medieval Sourcebook
- A resource of medieval and Byzantine textual primary sources in translation
from Fordham Univ. Center for Medieval Studies.
- Medieval World
- Brief entries for various topics under the headings: Anglo-Saxons, Normans,
Medieval Warfare, Farming, Monarchs, Literature.
Zeitgeist / Philosophy / The Church
- Renaissance: What
inspired this age of balance and order?
- What forces drove the rebirth, with focus on Italy. An online exhibit inspired
by a video series on the Western Tradition.
- Medieval Churchmen
- Hall of Church History
- Timeline of events and hypertext documents.
- Philosophy Research
- Directory of resources about the main thinkers of the Middle Ages.
- The End
of Europe's Middle Ages
- The economic, political, religious and intellectual environment of the
14th and 15th centuries: trade routes, black death, feudalism, chivalry, Crusades,
troubadours, and much more. Good coverage of eastern Europe.
- Medieval Europe
- Good introductory essays on a number of topics plus links to more. From
Boise State Univ.
- "A journey through time"...
History of the Crusades
- Online version of a six-volume (4000 pages in print) history of the Christian
military expeditions to the Holy Land.
Castles / Knights / Chivalry
- Castles on the Web
- Links to other sites about castles. Includes pages for Medieval
and Supplies, Heraldry,
- Castles of Britain
- Check out the Castle
Learning Center with sections on castle types, construction, and daily
- Castles of Wales
- Background essays on castles, castle terminology, history, pictures, links
to more, and even a quiz.
- Knighthood and Orders
- A good survey of the topic from Heraldica heraldry site.
- Knighthood, Chivalry & Tournaments
- Armour, coronations, codes of chivalry, lots more.
- Medieval English
- History of several particular towns, plus a great bunch of links to other
boroughs, background on medieval towns, fiefdoms and daily life.
- The Artist's Life: Apprenticeship :
- Apprenticeship and Workshops
- Medieval Women - an interactive
- You'll need Flash and RealPlayer to experience this site in interactive
mode. Otherwise, use the site map, the search feature, or go to the Scriptorium
to find useful material -- primary source, sound clips, brief descriptions.
- Sure, you'll find recipes here and other items about food in the Middle
Ages, but this site includes other gode stuffe: Chaucer, mythical plants,
fantastic fish, pestilence (the Black Death), the macabre and clipart woodcuts.
- Medieval/Renaissance Food
- Links to other resources.
- Online exhibition from the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.
- Middle Ages: What
was it like to live in the Middle Ages?
- The pageantry and the peasantry. An online exhibit inspired by a video
series on the Western Tradition.
- Society for Creative Anachronism
- In these pages find resources for researching pre-17th-century European
history, used by groups that re-create and re-enact the Middle Ages.
- Dress, Jewels, Arms and
Coat of Arms: Material Culture and Self-Representation in the Late Middle
- Attire and equipment worn by the various social classes. Histories of inventions
from Arabic numbers to grindstones to wine presses.
of the Middle Ages
- To the end of the 16th C.
Science / Technology / Warfare
- Epact: Scientific Instruments of
Medieval and Renaissance Europe
- A database of instruments made before 1600. 500 entries, plus biographical
information on over 100 instrument makers.
- Essays on more than a couple dozen items that shaped everyday life and sometimes
the course of history. Who knew that the introduction of stirrups would cause
such a stir? Also includes some population estimates.
- Muslim Scientists,
Mathematicians and Astronomers
- Islamic contribution. Covers the time preceding the European Renaissance,
- The Grey Company
- Learn about these medieval siege engines at this wonderful Australian site.
Explains, demonstrates and presents the history of these "leverage artillery"
catapult devices called perriers, petrarias, war wolves, coulliards, bricoles
or even "the witch from whose head the ropes hang like hair". For more history,
visit the Catapult Museum Online.
- Secrets of
Lost Empires: Medieval Siege
- Companion site to the PBS Nova program. Learn about the trebuchet and other
Art / Architecture
- Digital Archive of
- Photos of historic sites including Gothic churches and medieval fortifications.
- Medieval Art and Architecture
- Pictures of architecture in England and France. Includes floor plans, a
glossary and a nice selection of maps.
- Web Gallery of Art
- More than 7,000 reproductions of European paintings and sculptures
from 1150 to 1750.
- Harvard Library Research Guide
- Resources for Medieval Art and Architecture
- Italian Sculpture
- By time period. Great pictures and brief descriptions.
of Renaissance Science: Galileo and Perspective
- Leonardo da Vinci: Scientist, Inventor,
- Online exhibition from the Museum of Science, Boston. Comprehensive profile
of this "Renaissance man" and his work.
- Michelangelo Buonarroti
- Detailed biographical site.
Literature / Music / Drama / Bestiary
- Online Medieval & Classical Library
- Full text versions of classic works.
- Middle English (14th C.), 16th and 17th C. Renaissance English Literature.
Introductions to the periods link to the Norton site below.
- Norton Topics Online: Middle
Ages | 16th
C. | Early
- The "texts and contexts" of English literature of the three periods.
- Digital Dante
- The premier Dante Alighieri site.
- Dante Alighieri on the Web
- Links to information about Dante Alighieri.
- Chaucer MetaPage
- Best starting point for Geoffrey Chaucer studies.
- Guide to Medieval
and Renaissance (Musical) Instruments
- Pictures, descriptions, background, sound samples | Pointers to more
- Includes costume, music and dance.
- The English
Renaissance in Context
- Multimedia tutorials and access to major texts of the English Renaissance.
Information on book publishing. From the University of Pennsylvania Library.
- Medieval Bestiary
- An online exhibition from the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.
- The Medieval Bestiary
- "information about the Medieval Bestiary and its antecendants, as well
as related information on the Medieval view of animals in general, both fabulous
- Medieval Names Archive
- All the swashbucklers: Robin Hood, Arthur, Three Musketeers and more.
- Arthurian Resources
- "dedicated to understanding the early medieval Arthurian legend..."
- The Camelot Project at the
University of Rochester
- "database of Arthurian texts, images, bibliographies, and basic information."
Includes the Holy Grail
- Knights Templar: A History
- History, mystery and speculation. Includes information on the Crusades.
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