Internet Resources for Medieval European Religion and History


•Basic Reference:
Guide to Medieval Terms
Catholic Encyclopedia On Line provides an extremely helpful reference for medieval Christianity and ecclesiastical history. Please note that the edition is from the early 20th c. (that is why it has now entered the public domain and can be put on line) and is both outdated and rife with pre-Vatican II perspectives. Another old but still extremely useful public domain reference work.
Judaism 101 not an academic source like the Jewish Encyclopedia, but for quick questions easily accessed off the web it can be helpful.
The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy is a great resource for the history of philosophy and background on individual philosophers or texts.
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has many good articles on ancient and medieval topics written by experts in the field.
The Ecole Initiative is a fantastic source for early Church History, extending into the Middle Ages
The Ecole Chronology Project is extremely useful for sorting out historical context
Jim O'Donnell's Augustine Page is a must-visit: valuable information and further reading for all levels, and entertaining as well!
Jay Treat's Internet Resources for the Study of Judaism and Christianity (U Penn)
Alan Godlas at the University of Georgia maintains a website on sources for the study of Islam and Islamic History

JPS (Jewish Publication Society) 1917 translation of Tanakh
Hebrew Tanakh, Mishnah, Babylonian and Palestinian Talmud and other rabbinic texts
A searchable Latin Vulgate and English Douay-Rheims translation of the Latin Vulgate is available here
Search multiple versions of the Christian Bible, including the medieval Vulgate, the King James Version, RSV, and more with BibleGateway . For Greek and Hebrew text as well, see
Professor Eliezer Segal maintains a helpful introduction to the Mikra'ot Gedolot (Rabbinic Bible/Commentary) at Calgary University in Canada
Professor Felix Just, SJ has a great page on New Testament Resources.

There are two excellent, comprehensive sites you should visit to begin any exploration of things medieval:

On-Line Reference Book for Medieval Studies (ORB) not only has a host of information, essays, maps, and other study materials, but also an extensive library of primary sources in English translation

A selection of primary source materials in English translation, in both full text and selected excerpt format is available through the Medieval Internet Sourcebook. This site is also linked to Jewish, Islamic, Indian, East Asian, African, and Women's History Sourcebooks, among others. This is a good place to check for primary sources on your research topic.

Thomas Head at Hunter College has compiled an excellent bibliography of printed resources (both primary and secondary sources) in his Guide to Research in Medieval Christianity. His pages on hagiography at ORB are invaluable

The Lollard Society maintains a site with much information on Lollardy, English Bibles, and the controversy over vernacular access to Scripture
in medieval Christendom

View The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit at the Library of Congress

Don't miss Professor Eliezer Segal's page at the University of Calgary with its wealth of material related to Jewish history, rabbinics, and mysticism

Monastic Matrix is a comprehensive database for current scholarship on medieval Christian women's religious communities

For recent bibliography on women or gender issues, see the Feminae (formerly the Medieval Feminist Index) at Haverford College

RAMBI, the Index of Articles on Jewish Studies at Hebrew University is indispensable for tracking down articles on Judaic Studies

Rice University's Galileo Project has many good history of science links. The History of Science Society maintains an extensive reading list on all aspects of the history of science and technology.