Medieval European History Orals Starter List

By Rachel Fulton Brown, with the help of Jonathan Lyon

Primary Texts

The Psalms: The Vulgate Bible, Volume 3: The Poetical Books. Douay-Rheims Translation. Ed. Swift Edgar with Angela M. Kinney. Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011.

Augustine of Hippo, Confessiones. Trans. R.S. Pine-Coffin, as Confessions. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1961.

Augustine of Hippo, De civitate Dei. Trans. Henry Bettenson, as Concerning the City of God Against the Pagans. London: Penguin Books, 1984.

Benedict of Nursia, Regula. Ed. and trans. Timothy Fry et al., in RB 1980: The Rule of St. Benedict in Latin and English with Notes, pp. 156-297. Collegeville, Minn.: The Liturgical Press, 1981.

Hugh of St. Victor, De sacramentis. Trans. Roy J. Deferari, On the sacraments of the Christian faith. Cambridge, Mass.: The Medieval Academy of America, 1951.

Jacobus de Voragine, Legenda aurea. Trans. William Granger Ryan, as The Golden Legend: Readings on the Saints. 2 vols. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993.

Dante Alighieri, Divina commedia. Trans. Mark Musa, as The Divine Comedy. 3 vols. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1984-1986.


Johan Huizinga, The Waning of the Middle Ages: A Study of the Forms of Life, Thought and Art in France and the Netherlands in the XIVth and XVth Centuries. London: E. Arnold, 1924.
________. The Autumn of the Middle Ages. Trans. Rodney J. Payton and Ulrich Mammitzsch. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1996.

Charles Homer Haskins, The Renaissance of the Twelfth Century. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1927.

R. W. Southern, The Making of the Middle Ages. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1953.

Erich Auerbach, Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature. Trans. Willard R. Trask. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1953.

Ernst H. Kantorowicz, The King's Two Bodies: A Study in Mediaeval Political Theology. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1957.

Marc Bloch, Feudal Society. Trans. L.A. Manyon. 2 vols. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1961.

Jean Leclercq, The Love of Learning and the Desire for God: A Study of Monastic Culture. Trans. Catharine Misrahi. 3rd ed. New York: Fordham University Press, 1961, 1982.

M.D. Chenu, Nature, Man, and Society in the Twelfth Century: Essays on New Theological Perspectives in the Latin West. Trans. Jerome Taylor and Lester K. Little. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1968.

Lester K. Little, Religious Poverty and the Profit Economy in Medieval Europe. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1978.

Susan Reynolds, Kingdoms and Communities in Western Europe, 900-1300. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1984, 1997.

John W. Baldwin, The Government of Philip Augustus: Foundations of French Royal Power in the Middle Ages. Berkeley and Los Angeles: The University of California Press, 1986.

R.I. Moore, The Formation of a Persecuting Society: Power and Deviance in Western Europe, 950-1250. Oxford: Blackwell, 1987.

Caroline Walker Bynum, Holy Feast and Holy Fast: The Religious Significance of Food to Medieval Women. Berkeley and Los Angeles: The University of California Press, 1987.

James A. Brundage, Law, Sex, and Christian Society in Medieval Europe. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1987.

Walter Goffart, The Narrators of Barbarian History (A.D. 550-800): Jordanes, Gregory of Tours, Bede, and Paul the Deacon. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1988.

David Hackett Fischer, Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.

Mary Carruthers, The Book of Memory: A Study of Memory in Medieval Culture. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

Jeffrey Hamburger, The Rothschild Canticles: Art and Mysticism in Flanders and the Rhineland circa 1300. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1991.

Eamon Duffy, The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England, c. 1400-c. 1580. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992.

Robert Bartlett, The Making of Europe: Conquest, Colonization, and Cultural Change, 950-1350. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993.

Susan Reynolds, Fiefs and Vassals: The Medieval Evidence Reinterpreted. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994.

David Nirenberg, Communities of Violence: Persecution of Minorities in the Middle Ages. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996.

Mary Carruthers, The Craft of Thought: Meditation, Rhetoric, and the Making of Images, 400-1200. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Rachel Fulton, From Judgment to Passion: Devotion to Christ and the Virgin Mary, 800-1200. New York: Columbia University Press, 2002.

William Chester Jordan, Europe in the High Middle Ages: Penguin History of Europe. London: Penguin Books, 2002.

Friedrich Ohly, Sensus Spiritualis: Studies in Medieval Significs and the Philology of Culture. Ed. Samuel P. Jaffe, trans. Kenneth J. Northcott. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2005.

Bruce Holsinger, The Premodern Condition: Medievalism and the Making of Theory. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2005.

Thomas N. Bisson, The Crisis of the Twelfth Century: Power, Lordship, and the Origins of European Government. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008.

John Watts, The Making of Polities: Europe, 1300-1500. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Margot E. Fassler, The Virgin of Chartres: Making History through Liturgy and the Arts. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010.

Brad Gregory, The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press, 2012.

Robert Bartlett, Why Can the Dead Do Such Great Things?: Saints and Worshippers from the Martyrs to the Reformation. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013.

Jonathan Lyon, Princely Brothers and Sisters: The Sibling Bond in German Politics, 1100-1250. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2013.

Jonathan Daly, The Rise of Western Power: A Comparative History of Western Civilization. London: Bloomsbury, 2014.

Kevin Madigan, Medieval Christianity: A New History. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015.

Updated June 7, 2016

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