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Research Methods and Bibliography, 2019/20, Semester 1
Dr Bill Flynn
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Большая Советская Энциклопедия [Great Soviet encyclopedia], ed. A.M. PROKHOROV, trans. 3rd edn. (New York, 1973-83)

The Coptic encyclopedia ISBN: 002897025X, ed. Aziz S. ATIYA, 8 vols (New York, 1991)

 *The Crusades : an encyclopedia ISBN: 1576078620 (alk. paper); 1576078639 (ebook), ed. Alan V. MURRAY, 4 vols (Santa Barbara, 2006)

 *Die deutsche Literatur des Mittelalters: Verfasserlexikon, ed. Wolfgang STAMMLER and Karl LANGOSCH, 2nd edn., ed. Kurt RUH and Gundolf KEIL (Berlin, 1978-)

The Oxford dictionary of Byzantium ISBN: 0195046528, ed. Alexander KAZHDAN, 3 vols (New York, 1991)

 Dictionary of the Middle Ages, ed. Joseph R. STRAYER, 10 vols (New York, 1982-89)

Dictionnaire d'histoire et de géographie ecclésiastiques, ed. Alfred BAUDRILLART et al. (Paris, 1912-)

 Enciclopedia Universal Ilustrada Europeo-Americana (Bilbao, 1908-)

 *Encyclopaedia Britannica, 15th edn. rev. (Chicago, 2005) [Encyclopaedia Britannica Online]

 Encyclopedia of dress and textiles in the British Isles c. 450-1450 ISBN: 9789004124356; 9004124357, ed. Gale R. OWEN-CROCKER, Elizabeth COATSWORTH and Maria HAYWARD (Leiden, 2012)

 Encyclopaedia of Islam, ed. Hamilton A.R. GIBB et al., 2nd edn., 10 vols and supplements (Leiden, 1960-2009)

 *Encyclopaedia Judaica, 2nd edn, ed. Fred SKOLNIK (Detroit, 2007)

 Encyclopaedic Prosopographical Lexicon of Byzantine History and Civilization, ed. Alexios G. C. SAVVIDES and Benjamin HENDRICKX (Turnhout, 2006-)

 Grote Winkler Prins : encyclopedie in 25 delen. ISBN: 9010023001 (set), ed. R.C. VAN CAENEGEM et al., 25 vols (Amsterdam, 1979-84)

 Lexikon für Theologie und Kirche, ed. M. BUCHBERGER, 2nd edn., ed. J. HÖFER and K. RAHNER, 14 vols (Freiburg, 1957-68)

 *Lexikon des Mittelalters. ISBN: 3760889018 (v. 1); 3760889026 (v. 2); 3760889034 (v. 3); 3760889042 (v. 4); 3850889050 (v. 5), 9 vols (München, 1977-1999)

  1. Atlases

 Atlas of the Crusades, ed. Jonathan RILEY-SMITH (London, 1991)

 Atlas of Israel [cartographic material]. (Jerusalem/Amsterdam, 1970)

 Historic towns : maps and plans of towns and cities in the British Isles, with historical commentaries, from earliest times to 1800 ISBN: 0801812437 (v. 1); 0801817536 (v. 2); 0198229798 (v. 3), ed. M.D. LOBEL (Banbury, 1969- )

 Atlas of Medieval Europe, ed. David DITCHBURN, Simon MACLEAN and Angus MACKAY, 2nd edn (Abingdon, 2007)

 Großer Historischer Weltatlas, II. Mittelalter, ed. Bayerischer Schulbuch-Verlag (München, 1970)

Historical Atlas of Islam / Atlas historique de l’Islam, ed. Hugh KENNEDY, 2nd edn (Leiden, 2002)

 Muir's historical atlas : medieval and modern, ed. R.F. TREHARNE and Harold FULLARD, 9th edn. (London, 1962)

 The new Penguin atlas of medieval history ISBN: 0140512497; 0013196863, ed. Colin McEVEDY (London, 1992)

 The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World, 12th edn. (London, 2007)

 Westermann grosser Atlas zur Weltgeschichte ISBN: 3141009198, ed. Hans-Erich STIER et al. (Braunschweig, 1956)

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 3. Gazetteers

 Bartholomew gazetteer of Britain ISBN: 085152771X ed. Oliver MASON, rev. edn. (Edinburgh, 1986)

 Chambers World Gazetteer, ed. David MUNRO, 5th edn. (Cambridge, 1988)

 Dictionnaire géographique et administratif de la France et de ses colonies. ed. Paul JOANNE (Paris, 1890-1905)

 Dictionnaire national des communes de France : donnant la nomenclature complète des communes et des principaux villages, hameaux, écarts et lieux-dits habités ... [etc.]. ISBN: 2701310210 (Paris, 1982)

Fortegnelse over stednavne i amterne vest for Lillebælt ISBN: 8774214608 ed. Stednavneudvalget (København, 1985), and Fortegnelse over Stednavne i Amterne Øst for Lillebælt, ed. Stednavneudvalget (København, 1978) [for Denmark]

 Müllers grosses deutsches Ortsbuch, Bundesrepublik Deutschland : vollständiges Gemeindelexikon. ISBN: 3876430089, ed. Joachim MÜLLER, 23rd edn. (Wuppertal, 1988-89)

 Orbis Latinus. Lexikon lateinischer geographischer Namen des Mittelalters und der Neuzeit, ed. Johann R.G. GRAESSE, Sophie-Charlotte BENEDICT and Helmut PLECHL (Braunschweig, 1972) [a key to Latin forms of place names, most of them medieval, although not with precise locations]

 The Ordnance Survey gazetteer of Great Britain. (Southampton, 1987)

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 4. Chronology: Dates, Rulers, Dynasties

BACHARACH, Jere, A Middle East studies handbook ISBN: 0521301254 (Cambridge, 1984)

BOSWORTH, Clifford E., The new Islamic dynasties : a chronological and genealogical manual ISBN: 074860684X (Edinburgh, 1996)

*FARMER, D.H., The Oxford Dictionary of Saints (Oxford, 1978)

GROTEFEND, H., Taschenbuch der Zeitrechnung des deutschen Mittelalters und der Neuzeit., rev. edn. (Hannover, 1960)

 [This is a work in three parts, sometimes bound together in one tome. Vol. 1, pp. 1-214, `Glossary' includes information on services and feastdays known by liturgical incipit; vernacular (though normally German) forms of feastdays, such as Candlemas/Candelmess; technical terms; Jewish and Muslim calendars (Jüdische Zeitrechnung and Muhamedanische Zeitrechnung). This is followed by pp. (1)-(148), containing 30 Tables. The most crucial of these are Table 30 which provides an overview and Table 13 for moveable feastdays. The third section of the work is vol. 2, containing Calendars of German, Swiss and Scandinavian dioceses, and calendars of religious orders (organised alphabetically): vol. 2.i: German and Swiss dioceses (incl. Aquileìa), pp. 1-212; Scandinavian dioceses, pp. 215-49; vol. 2.ii: Religious orders (listed on p. viii), pp. 1-51; List of Saints' days, pp. 55-186.]

Handbook of British Chronology, ed. F. Maurice POWICKE and E.B. FRYDE, 3rd edn. (London, 1986)

A handbook of dates for students of British history ISBN: 052177845X (pbk.) : £12.95; 0521770955, ed. Christopher R. CHENEY, rev. ed. Michael JONES (Cambridge, 2000)

*MORBY, John E., Dynasties of the World. A Chronological and Genealogical Handbook (Oxford, 1989) [revised edition online 2002]

MUNBY, Lionel M., Dates and time : a handbook for local historians ISBN: 1860770746 (Salisbury, 1997)

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5. Currency

BOMPAIRE, Marc, and Françoise DUMAS, Numismatique médiévale : monnaies et documents d'origine française ISBN: 2503509517 (pbk.) (Turnhout, 2000).

SPUFFORD, Peter, Handbook of medieval exchange ISBN: 086193105X (London, 1986)

SPUFFORD, Peter, Money and its Use in Medieval Europe (Cambridge, 1988)

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    Abstracts of Dissertations and Theses

British Library database of PhD thesis from UK universities.

 [Over 400,000 thesis in all subject areas. Unless restricted by embargos, full-texts can be downloaded for free. ]


*Historical abstracts. ISSN: 0018-2435 (Santa Barbara, Calif.; ABC-CLIO, 1954-)

*Index to Theses accepted for Higher Degrees by the Universities of Great Britain and Ireland and the Council for National Academic Awards [from 1716]

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses [electronic only] (1861-)

 [lists details of more than 2 million doctoral dissertations and masters theses from 1861 in all disciplines, including humanities and social sciences. Coverage is international. Dissertations published from 1980 onwards include 350-word abstracts written by the author. Master's theses published from 1988 onwards include 150-word abstracts. Titles available as PDF formats include free 24-page previews. The full text of most documents can be purchased online]

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    Periodicals with Regular Bibliographical Sections or Supplements

    [short selection]

*Anglo-Saxon England. ISSN: 0263-6751

Cahiers de civilisation médiévale, Xe-XIIe siècles. ISSN: 0007-9731


Revue d'histoire ecclésiastique. ISSN: 0035-2381

Scriptorium. ISSN: 0036-9772

*Speculum. ISSN: 0038-7134; 2040-8072 [bibliography of editions and translations in progress]

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8. General Serial Bibliographies

Belgische Bibliografie/Bibliographie Belge Available online


Bibliografía española.


Bibliografia nazionale italiana. ISSN: 0006-1077


Bibliographie de la France


Brinkman's cumulatieve catalogus van boeken [for the Netherlands] Available online:

*British Humanities Index


Deutsche Bibliographie

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9. Specialised Serial Bibliographies

*Bibliography of British and Irish history [electronic resource]. ISSN: x001-3384


*Annual bibliography of English language and literature. ISSN: x000-9701


Bibliografia storica nazionale. [for Italian history]


Bibliographie annuelle de l'histoire de France du cinquième siècle à 1958


*Bibliographie de civilisation médiévale [bibliography of monographs, complementary to IMB]


Germanistik [For German language and literature; classified by period]  

*Index Islamicus, 1906-1955, ed. J.D. PEARSON (Cambridge, 1958)

 [with supplements for subsequent years and for 1665-1905; includes monographs as well as periodicals. See also Quarterly Index Islamicus below]

International Bibliography of Historical Sciences.

*International Medieval Bibliography. ISSN: x000-9506  (IMB)

 [Covers articles from journals and miscellanies (but not monographs) on all aspects of the Middle Ages; classified by subject and area. Online version contains c. 490,000 records, updated every 3 months]

Jahresberichte für deutsche Geschichte.

Linguistic bibliography for the year ... = Bibliographie linguistique de l'année ...

 [classified by language group]


*Linguistics and Language Behaviour Abstracts

 [basically a bibliography of applied linguistics, with abstracts of monographs and articles; classified by subject]

*MLA International Bibliography of Books and Articles on the Modern Languages and Literatures

Medioevo latino: Bollettino bibliografico della cultura europea del secolo VI al XIII, ed. Claudio LEONARDI et al.

 [bibliography based on the rationale of L'Année Philologique, a bibliography for the classical period. That is, the principle of organisation is text-based, with listings made under the headings of authors and their works, or the works (where anonymous). The bibliography concentrates on Latin literature of the period 601-1300 and includes monographs, editions and articles within periodicals and miscellanies]

Royal Historical Society Bibliography [electronic only].

[indexes articles, books and reviews on British and Irish history of all periods, published since 1900. Updated 3 times a year]

*The year's work in English studies. ISSN: 0084-4144

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    Books in Print (ongoing series)

Catalogo dei libri in commercio (Milano: Bibliografico)

Libros en venta en Hispanoamérica y España (San Juan, Puerto Rica: Melcher)

Les livres disponibles = French books in print : La liste exhaustive des ouvrages disponibles publiés en langue fran̨caise dans le monde. (Paris: Ed. du Cercle de la Librairie)

 [CD-Rom version entitled Electra: Livres disponibles en France]

Verzeichnis Lieferbarer Bücher: German Books in Print (Frankfurt am Main: Buchhändler-Vereinigung)

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    Manuscripts and Referencing

BOYLE, Leonard E., Medieval Latin palaeography : a bibliographical introduction ISBN: 0802065589 (pbk); 0802056121, Toronto Medieval Bibliographies 8 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1984)

 [essential work on codicology, listing 2207 studies, with short commentaries by the author, and two indexes. For information on modern libraries, catalogues and archives see entries 1427-1510 (pp. 219-32); medieval libraries are studied in entries 1306-1426 (pp. 203-219). For information on textual transmission, fragments and editorial practice see entries 1869-2091) (pp. 286-316)]

BUONOCORE, Marco, Bibliografia dei fondi manoscritti della Biblioteca Vaticana  (1968-1980), Studi e Testi 318 (Città del Vaticano: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 1986)

 [provides useful list of shelfmarks (vol. 1, pp. vii-x) in their official forms for Vatican MSS.; also attempts here to list studies on Vatican MSS.]

FITZGERALD, Wilma, Ocelli nominum : names and shelf marks of famous/familiar manuscripts ISBN: 0888443684 (Toronto: PIMS, 1992)

 [a guide referencing ‘common names’ of manuscripts to their correct locations and shelfmarks]

GNEUSS, Helmut, Handlist of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts : a list of manuscripts and manuscript fragments written or owned in England up to 1100 ISBN: 0866982833 (Tempe, Ariz., 2001)

KER, N.R., and A.J. PIPER, Medieval manuscripts in British libraries ISBN: 0198182775 (Oxford, 1969-2002)

  1. London
  2. Abbotsford-Keele

 III. Lampeter-Oxford

  1. Paisley-York
  2. Indexes and Addenda

 [Does not include holdings in the British Library (London), National Library of Scotland (Edinburgh), National Library of Wales (Aberystwyth) or Cambridge and Oxford University Libraries, for which separate catalogues are available]

KER, N.R., Catalogue of manuscripts containing Anglo-Saxon. (Oxford, 1957)

WEIL, G-E., Répertoire des bibliothèques, collections, dépôts de manuscripts et archives dans le monde (Paris, 1978)

 [Guide to locations of libraries and archives, by country and town]

KER, N.R., Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: A List of Surviving Books, suppl. to 2nd edn., ed. Andrew G. Watson (London: Royal Historical Society, 1987)

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12. Major Source Collections

Acta sanctorum quotquot toto orbe coluntur (Antwerpen/Brussel/Tongerloo, 1643- ), 3rd edn. (Paris, 1863- ) [often cited as AA.SS.]

Ausgewählte Quellen zur Deutschen Geschichte des Mittelalters. Freiherr vom Stein-Gedächtnisausgabe (Berlin, 1955-)

[Latin texts with facing-page translation in modern German. In many cases these editions replace those in the older subseries of MGH]

Camden Society (now under the auspices of the Royal Historical Society). First, or Original, series (London, 1838-72). Second, or New, series (London, 1871-1901). Third series (1900-63). Fourth series (London, 1964-)

 [materials for the civil, ecclesiastical and literary history of the United Kingdom; named after William Camden, the Elizabethan historian and editor of old chronicles.]

see also: NICHOLS, John Gough, A descriptive catalogue of the first series of the works of the Camden society : stating the nature of their principal contents, the periods of time to which they relate, the dates of their composition, their manuscript sources, authors, and editors. Accompianied by a classified arrangement and an index, and by some illustrative particulars that have arisen since their publication, 2nd edn. (London, 1872)

Library of Latin texts online [electronic resource]. ISSN: x000-9878 [electronic only]

[Database of Christian Latin Texts, including the Corpus Christianorum editions, supplemented by other texts. Allows searching for the full-text of works by early Christian authors and to search for words within these texts. History, Classics and Medieval Studies. Updated at irregular intervals]

Collection de documents inédits sur l'histoire de France, ed. F. GUIZOT et al. (Paris, 1835-)

Collection de textes pour servir à l'étude et à l'enseignement de l'histoire, ed. H. HEMMER and P. LEJAY (Paris, 1886-1929)

Commission royale d'histoire (Académie royale de Belgique). With following subseries:

 Collection de chroniques belges inédites et de documents inédits relatifs à l'histoire de la Belgique (Bruxelles, 1836-)

 Recueil de textes pour servir à l'étude d'histoire de Belgique (Bruxelles, 1904-)

 Recueil des actes des princes belges (Bruxelles, 1936-)  

 Recueil des actes des Etats Généraux (Bruxelles, 1948-)

 Table chronologique des chartes et diplômes imprimés concernant l'histoire de la Belgique, ed. Alphonse WAUTERS (Bruxelles, 1866-)

 [The main series of sources for the Low Countries, especially those medieval principalities that later made up the kingdom of Belgium, e.g. Flanders, Hainaut, Brabant, Liège]

Corpus Christianorum collectum a monachis O.S.B. abbatiae S. Petri in Steenbrugge. Claves (Turnhout, 1990-). Series Latina [1st-8th centuries] (Turnhout, 1953-). Continuatio Mediaevalis [8th-15th centuries] (Turnhout, 1971-)

 [Series of individual editions of narrative sources, with high editorial standards]

Decrees of the ecumenical councils ISBN: 0878404902 (set, U.S.A.); 072203010X (set, U.K.), ed. Norman P. TANNER. 2 vols (London, 1990)

 [vol. 1: Nicaea I to Lateran V; vol. 2: Trent to Vatican II]

Early English Text Society. Original Series (London, 1864-). Extra Series (1867-1935)

Henry Bradshaw Society for the Editing of Rare Liturgical Texts (London/Woodbridge, 1891-)

Middle English Compendium [electronic only: at]

[Offers an electronic version of the Middle English Dictionary, a HyperBibliography of Middle English prose and verse, based on the MED bibliographies, and a Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse, as well as links to an associated network of electronic resources]


*Monumenta Germaniae historica ISBN: 3921575907; 9783921575901, ed. G.H. PERTZ et al. (Hannover, 1826-)

 [often cited as MGH]. With the main subseries:

 Auctores Antiquissimi (1877-)

 Scriptores rerum Merovingicarum (1884-)

 Scriptores in folio (1826) [often cited as MGH SS; main Latin narrative sources for the medieval Empire, including Germany, Austria, the Low Countries, Italy, Bohemia etc]

 Scriptores rerum Germanicarum (1922-) [single-volume narrative sources]

 Scriptores rerum Germanicarum in usum scholarum separatim editi (1871-) [single-volume narrative sources, often in better editions than the previous two subseries]

 Deutsche Chroniken und andere Geschichtsbücher des Mittelalters (1892-)

 Leges (1835-)

 Constitutiones et acta publica imperatorum et regum (1893-)

 Fontes iuris Germanici antiqui, nova series (1955-)

 Fontes iuris Germanici antique in usum scholarum separatim editi (1909-)

 Diplomata (1872-) [often cited as MGH DD]

 Epistolae (1887-)

 Poetae Latini Medii Aevi (1881-)

 Libri memoriales (1970-)

 Quellen zur Geistesgeschichte des Mittelalters (1955-)

*Patrologiae cursus completus, ed. J.-P. MIGNE. Series latina (Paris, 1844-64). Series graeca (Paris, 1857-66) [often cited as Migne, PL and PG respectively]. Electronic version available as Patrologia Latina Database

Recueil des historiens des croisades, ed. Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres (Paris, 1844-1906) [Main collection of sources on the crusades to the Holy Land and the history of Outremer, comprising subseries for Latin, Arabic, Greek and Armenian narrative sources and Laws. Often cited as RHC]


Recueil des historiens des Gaules et de la France., ed. M. BOUQUET (Paris, 1737-1904)

 [often cited as RHF]

Rerum Britannicarum Medii Aevi Scriptores, or Chronicles and Memorials of Great Britain and Ireland during the Middle Ages, published... under the direction of the Master of the Rolls (London, 1858-1986) [often cited as Rolls Series or RS]

Rerum Italicarum Scriptores, ed. A. MURATORI, rev. edn. ed. G. CARDUCCI, V. FIORINI and P. FEDELE (Bologna, 1900-31) [main collection of narrative sources from Italy]

Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts (presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her/His Majesty) (London, 1874- )  

 [concerns collections of MSS. and papers held by institutions or private families.]

Vetus Latina Database [electronic only]  

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13. Guides to Sources

In principio [electronic resource] : incipit index of Latin texts. ISSN: x000-9507 [electronic only]


Repertorium fontium historiae medii aevi : primum ab Augusto Potthast digestum, nunc cura collegii historicorum e pluribus nationibus emendatum et auctum., 1. Series Collectionum. 2. Fontes (Roma, 1962- )

 [Guide to available editions and translations of (mainly narrative) sources. Vol. 1 gives an overview of the contents of collections (see previous section). The Fontes volumes give entries for individual authors or texts. Often informally referred to as the ‘New Potthast’, being a revised edition of the Bibliotheca historica medii aevi, ed. A. POTTHAST]

SCHÖNBERGER, Rolf, et al., Repertorium edierter Texte des Mittelalters aus dem Bereich der Philosophie und angrenzender Gebiete ISBN: 9783050033426 (alk. paper); 3050033428 (alk. paper), 2nd edn (Wien: De Gruyter, 2011)

VAN CAENEGEM, R.C., A Guide to the Sources of Medieval History (Amsterdam: North-Holland, 1978)

 [Detailed introduction to a vast range of historical sources, with numerous bibliographical references]

VAN CAENEGEM, R.C., Introduction aux sources de l'histoire médiévale (Turnhout : Brepols, 1997)

 [French version of above item, but updated and with an additional chapter on computing and on-line resources]

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14. The Bible and Canon Law

BRUNDAGE, James A., Medieval Canon Law (London: Longman, 1995)

[Concise English language introduction to the scope and development of canon law. Includes an appendix on citation methods and short biographies of major canonists]

Dictionnaire de droit canonique : contenant tous les termes du droit canonique : avec un sommaire de l'histoire et des institutions et de l'état actuel de la discipline, ed. R. NAZ, 7 vols (Paris: Letouzey & Ané, 1935-65)

FRANSEN, Gérard, Les décrétales et les collections de décrétales, Typologie des sources du Moyen Age occidental, 2 (Turnhout: Brepols, 1972)

[Introduction to decretals and decretal collections as a source type, including discussion of transmission and editions]

FRANSEN, Gérard, Les collections canoniques, Typologie des sources du Moyen Age occidental, 10 (Turnhout: Brepols, 1973)

[Introduction to types of canonical collections]

KÉRY, Lotte, Canonical collections of the early Middle Ages (ca. 400-1140) : a bibliographical guide to the manuscripts and literature ISBN: 0813209188 (Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 1999)

The practice of the Bible in the Middle Ages : production, reception & performance in Western Christianity ISBN: 9780231148276 (pbk.) : £20.50; 0231148275 (pbk.) : £20.50; 9780231148269 (hbk.) : £62.00; 0231148267 (hbk.) : £62.00; 9780231527392 (ebook) : No price; 023152739X (ebook) : No price, ed. Susan BOYNTON and Diane J. REILLY (New York: Columbia University Press, 2011).

Corpus Iuris Canonici, ed. Emil RICHTER, rev. by Emil FRIEDBERG, 2 vols (Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1879-81), I: Decretum magistri Gratiani (1879) and II: Decretalium collectio (1881).

[This is the standard edition of medieval canon law; the first volume contains Gratian’s Decretum, while the second volume contains the later decretal collections of Gregory IX (normally referred to as the Liber extra), Boniface VIII (Liber Sextus), Clement V (Clementinae), John XXII (Extravagantes Joannis XXII) and the so-called Extravagantes communes completed in 1503.

All decrees are distinguished by their opening words, and there is an alphabetical index to each collection in each volume of the Corpus Iuris Canonici. The first volume also contains an index of church councils, popes and patristic authors whose work was utilised in the compilation of Gratian’s Decretum. In order to find a specific decree, you need to know the collection in which it is contained. There are (relatively) standardised abbreviations for each collection and their contents; knowing these abbreviations will make it easier to search the collections and indices, especially in the case of the Decretum, which has a fairly complex structure.]

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Bradshaw, Paul F., Reconstructing early Christian worship ISBN: 9780281062973 (e-book) (London: SPCK, 2009)

Consuetudines et regulae : sources for monastic life in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period ISBN: 9782503550114 (paperback); 2503550118 (paperback), ed. Carolyn Marino Malone and Clark Maines. Disciplina Monastica 10 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2014)

Duffy, Eamon, The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992)

*Gittos, Helen and Sarah Hamilton. Understanding medieval liturgy : essays in interpretation ISBN: 9781409451501 (hbk.) : £70.00; 9781472406705 (ePub ebook) : No price; 9781409451518 (PDF ebook) : No price (Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2015)

Hamilton, Sarah, Church and people in the medieval west, 900-1200 ISBN: 9780582772809 (Harlow: Pearson, 2013)

*Harper, John, The forms and orders of western liturgy from the tenth to the eighteenth century : a historical introduction and guide for students and musicians ISBN: 0198162790 (pbk); 0193161281. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991)

Hughes, Andrew, Medieval manuscripts for Mass and office : a guide to their organization and terminology ISBN: 0802076696; 0802054676  (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1982)

Iversen, Gunilla, Laus angelica : poetry in the medieval mass ISBN: 9782503531335 (hbk.) : £63.00; 2503531334 (hbk.) : £63.00, translated by W. Flynn, edited by J. Flynn  (Turnhout: Brepols, 2010)

*Jungmann, Josef A. Missarum sollemnia: eine genetische Erklärung der römischen Messe. 2 vols. 2nd rev. edn., (Vienna: Herder, 1949). Translated by Francis A. Brunner as The Mass of the Roman Rite: Its Origins and Development, 2 vols. (New York: Benziger Brothers, 1951–55)

Keefe, Susan A., Water and the Word : baptism and the education of the clergy in the Carolingian empire ISBN: 026801969x (v. 2 : alk. paper); 0268019657. 2 vols. (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2002)

Page, Christopher, The Christian west and its singers : the first thousand years ISBN: 9780300112573 (cased) : £30.00; 0300112572 (cased) : £30.00 (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2010)

*Palazzo, Eric, A history of liturgical books from the beginning to the thirteenth century ISBN: 081466167X (alk. paper), translation by Madeleine Beaumont (Collegevile, MN: Liturgical Press, 1998)

Paxton Frederick S., The death ritual at Cluny in the central Middle Ages = Le rituel de la mort à Cluny au Moyen Âge central ISBN: 9782503550107 (paperback); 250355010X (paperback)/. Disciplina Monastica 9, fontes 2. (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013)

Pfaff, Richard W., The Liturgy in Medieval England: A History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009)

*Vogel, Cyrille, Introduction aux sources de l'histoire du culte chretien au Moyen Age. Spoleto, 1966. Revised and translated by William G. Storey and Niels Keogh Rasmussen as Medieval Liturgy: An Introduction to the Sources (Washington, DC: Pastoral Press, 1986)

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16. Archives

The National Archives catalogue is available at

The National Archives also supplies a means of searching other public archives in the UK (as far as their holdings are electronically catalogued):

For the website of the National Records of Scotland, see

BOYLE, Leonard E., A survey of the Vatican archives and of its medieval holdings ISBN: 0888443501 (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 1972)

CANTWELL, John D., The Public Record Office, 1838-1958 ISBN: 0114402248 (London: HMSO, 1991)

[a historical account of the people who set up the Public Record Office (now the National Archives) and began the task of cataloguing its contents]

Guide to the contents of the Public Record Office., 3 vols (London: HMSO, 1963-9)

[the first volume is most useful for medievalists, especially the sections on Chancery, Exchequer, King’s Bench, Duchy of Lancaster and Special Collections; it is useful to look at this before looking up the National Archives on-line catalogue]

Etat général des fonds, ed. Jacques FAVIER, 5 vols (Paris: Archives nationales, 1978-88)

[contents of the French national archives; vols 1 and 4 are useful for medievalists]

DAVIS, G.R.C., Medieval cartularies of Great Britain and Ireland ISBN: 9780712350389; 0712350381, rev. edn. by Claire BREAY, Julian HARRISON and David M. SMITH (London: British Library, 2010)

GUYOTJEANNIN, Olivier, PYCKE, Jacques and TOCK, Benoît-Michel, Diplomatique médiévale ISBN: 2503503128 (Turnhout: Brepols, 1993)

[pp. 358-62 provide a list of works providing orientation within archives]

KITCHING, Christopher, Archives, the very essence of our heritage ISBN: 1860770185 (Chichester: Phillimore, 1996)

LANGLOIS, Charles-Victor, Les archives de l'histoire de France. (Paris: Picard, 1891)

WILLIAMS, Caroline, Managing archives : foundations, principles and practice ISBN: 1843341131 (hbk.); 9781843341130 (hbk.); 1843341123 (pbk.); 9781843341123 (pbk.) (Oxford: Chandos, 2006)

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    Diplomatic (the study of charters)

The main handbooks diplomatic are in French and German. Relatively little has been written in English. Boyle’s article is a useful introduction to the whole topic.

BOYLE, Leonard E., ‘Diplomatics’, in Medieval Studies: An Introduction, ed. by James Powell, 2nd edn (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse UP, 1992), pp. 82-113

BRESSLAU, H., Handbuch der Urkundenlehre für Deutschland und Italien, 2 vols, 2nd edn (vol 1: Leipzig: Veit, 1912; vol 2: Berlin: De Gruyter, 1931, repr. 1958); index (Berlin: De Gruyter, 1960)

DE BOÜARD, A., Manuel de diplomatiques française et pontificale, 2 vols (Paris: Picard, 1929-52)

Les cartulaires, ed. by Olivier GUYOTJEANNIN, Laurent MORELLE and Michel PARISSE (Paris: École des Chartes, 1993)

CHAPLAIS, Pierre, English royal documents : King John - Henry VI, 1199-1461 ISBN: 0198182252 (Oxford: Clarendon, 1971)

GUYOTJEANNIN, Olivier, PYCKE, Jacques and TOCK, Benoît-Michel, Diplomatique médiévale ISBN: 2503503128 (Turnhout: Brepols, 1993)

[excellent bibliographies, especially for French materials; on pp. 329-47 you will find a list of the principal series of charter editions]

TESSIER, Georges, Diplomatique royale française (Paris: Picard, 1962)

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    Style and Referencing Guides

The Chicago Manual of Style, Thirteenth Edition, Revised and Expanded, for Authors, Editors and Copywriters (Chicago: University of Chicago, 1982)

GORMAN, Michael, and Paul W. WINKLER, Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd edn (Chicago: American Library Association/ Ottawa:Canadian Library Association/ London: The Library Association, 1978)

Hart's Rules for Compositors and Readers at the University Press Oxford, 39th edn (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1983)

MHRA style guide : a handbook for authors, editors, and writers of theses. ISBN: 9780947623760 (pbk.); 0947623760 (pbk.), 3rd edn (London: Modern Humanities Research Association, 2015). Available for downloading at

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, ed. Joseph GIBALDI and Walter S. ACHTERT, 3rd edn (New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 1999)

TURABIAN, Kate L., A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 1st British edn (London: Heinemann, 1982)

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19. Guidance on Research and Presentation

BAILEY, Edward P., Jr., and Philip A. POWELL, Writing Research Papers, 2nd edn (New York: CBS College Publishing, 1987)  

HUBBUCH, Susan M., Writing research papers across the curriculum ISBN: 0030237378, 3rd edn (Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 1992)

STANDOP, Ewald, and Matthias MEYER, Die Form der wissenschaftlichen Arbeit : Grundlagen, Technik und Praxis für Schule, Studium und Beruf ISBN: 9783494014371; 349401437X (br), 18th edn (Wiebelsheim: Quelle & Meyer, 2008) [earlier editions also useful]

WATSON, George, Writing a thesis : a guide to long essays and dissertations ISBN: 0582494656 (London: Longman, 1987)

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20. Guidance on Composition in English

ADLER, Mortimer J., How to Read a Book (London: Jarrolds, 1940)

STRUNK, Jr., William, and E.B. WHITE, The Elements of Style, 3rd edn. (New York: Macmillan, 1979)

WATERHOUSE, Keith, English our English : the new orthodoxy examined ISBN: 1870265076 (pbk) (and How to Sing It) (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1991)

The Canadian style : a guide to writing and editing ISBN: 0919670938 (pbk) (Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1985)

  1. Digital Humanities

Debates in the digital humanities ISBN: 9780816677955 (pbk.); 9780816677948 (hbk.); 0816677948 (hbk.); 0816677956 (pbk.), ed. Matthew K. GOLD (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012)

A New Companion to Digital Humanities, ed. Susan SCHREIBMAN, Ray SIEMENS and John UNSWORTH (Oxford: Blackwell, 2016)

This list was last updated on 24/09/2018