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A list of key readings about Middle Ages.
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Surveys

  • Abulafia, David, ed. The New Cambridge Medieval History, Vol. 5: c. 1198-c. 1300 (1999) excerpt and text search
  • Allmand, Christopher, ed. The New Cambridge Medieval History, Vol. 7: c. 1415-c. 1500 (1998) excerpt and text search
  • Artz, Frederick B. The Mind of the Middle Ages, A.D. 200-1500: An Historical Survey (1954) online edition
  • Cantor, Norman F. The Civilization of the Middle Ages (2nd ed. 1994), 624pp excerpt and text search
  • Fouracre, Paul, ed. The New Cambridge Medieval History, Vol. 1: c. 500-c. 700 (2006) excerpt and text search
  • Holmes, George, ed. The Oxford History of Medieval Europe (2nd ed. 2002), 416pp; essays by 6 scholars excerpt and text search
    • illustrated edition: Holmes, George, ed. The Oxford Illustrated History of Medieval Europe (2nd ed. 2001) 440pp; surveys by six scholars excerpt and text search
  • Jones, Michael, ed. The New Cambridge Medieval History, Vol. VI: c.1300-c.1415, (2000), 1140 pp.; ISBN 0-51-36290-3. excerpt and text search
  • Lamonte, John L. The World of the Middle Ages: A Reorientation of Medieval History (1949) online edition
  • Luscombe, David, and Jonathan Riley-Smith, eds.The New Cambridge Medieval History, Volume IV, c. 1024-c. 1198. Part II. (2004) 976pp excerpt and text search
  • McEvedy, Colin. The New Penguin Atlas of Medieval History (2nd ed. 1992), 112 pp; excerpt and text search
  • McKitterick, Rosamond, ed. The New Cambridge Medieval History, Vol. 2: c. 700-c. 900 (1995) excerpt and text search
  • Southern, R. W. The Making of the Middle Ages (1961), highly influential survey excerpt and text search
  • Strayer, Joseph R. Western Europe in the Middle Ages: A Short History (1955) online edition

Agriculture, economy and rural life

  • Ambrosoli, Mauro. The Wild and the Sown: Botany and Agriculture in Western Europe, 1350-1850. (1997). 460 pp.
  • Bloch, Marc. French Rural History an Essay on Its Basic Characteristics (1972)
  • Bloch, Marc. Feudal Society: Vol 1: The Growth and Ties of Dependence (1989); Feudal Society: Vol 2: Social Classes and Political Organisation(1989) excerpt and text search
  • Gras, Norman. A history of agriculture in Europe and America, (1925). online edition
  • Harvey, Nigel. The Industrial Archaeology of Farming in England and Wales. (1980). 232 pp.
  • Langdon, John. Horses, Oxen and Technological Innovation: The Use of Draught Animals in English Farming from 1066 to 1500. (1986). 331 pp.
  • Levine, David. At the Dawn of Modernity: Biology, Culture, and Material Life in Europe after the Year 1000 (2001) 430pp online edition
  • Thompson, James Westfall. Economic and Social History of Europe in the Later Middle Ages (1300-1530) (1931) online edition

Britain

Scotland and Ireland

  • Armstrong, David. The Kingdom of Scotland in the Middle Ages 400-1450 (Heinemann Scottish History) (2002)
  • Barrell, A. D. M. Medieval Scotland (2000) excerpt and text search; online edition
  • Barrow, G.W.S. Kingship and Unity, Scotland 1000-1316 (1981), in The New History of Scotland
  • Barrow, Geoffrey. Robert Bruce: And the Community of the Realm of Scotland (2005) excerpt and text search
  • Brown, Michael. The Wars of Scotland, 1214-1371 (2004), New Edinburgh History of Scotland, vol 4
  • Cosgrove, Art. ed., A New History of Ireland, ii: Medieval Ireland, 1169-1534 (1987). 982 pp.
  • Cosgrove, Art. "The Writing of Irish Medieval History", I.H.S., xxvii (1990), 97-111
  • Dickinson, W.C. Scotland from the Earliest Times to 1603 (3rd edition, 1977) online edition
  • Duncan, A.A.M. Scotland: the Making of the Kingdom (1975), Edinburgh History of Scotland
  • Grant, Alexander. Independence and Nationhood: Scotland 1306-1469 (1991), New History of Scotland. excerpt and text search
  • Oram, Richard D. Domination and Lordship: Scotland 1070-1230 (2003), New Edinburgh History of Scotland, vol 3
  • Sadler, John, Border Fury: England and Scotland at War, 1296-1568. (2005). 617 pp. ISBN 1-4058-4022-6

Church

  • Brown, Peter. The Rise of Western Christendom: Triumph and Diversity 200-1000 AD (2002), 640pp
  • Catholic Encyclopedia, (1913) online edition thousands of articles on related topics
  • Latourette, Kenneth S. A History of Christianity, Volume 1: Beginnings to 1500 (1975), by leading Protestant historian excerpt and text search
  • Logan, F. Donald. A History of the Church in the Middle Ages. 2002. online edition
  • Ullmann, Walter. A Short History of the Papacy in the Middle Ages, (2002), 393pp, online edition

France

  • see also Annales School
  • Bloch, Marc. Feudal Society: Vol 1: The Growth and Ties of Dependence (1989); Feudal Society: Vol 2: Social Classes and Political Organisation(1989) excerpt and text search
  • Bloch, Marc. French Rural History an Essay on Its Basic Characteristics (1972)
  • Duby, Georges. France in the Middle Ages 987-1460: From Hugh Capet to Joan of Arc (1993), survey by a leader of the Annales School excerpt and text search
  • Le Roy Ladurie, Emmanuel. Montaillou: Cathars and Catholics in a French Village, 1294-1324 (1978) excerpt and text search
  • Le Roy Ladurie, Emmanuel. The Peasants of Languedoc (1966; English translation 1974) search
  • Potter, David. France in the Later Middle Ages 1200-1500, (2003) excerpt and text search

Central Europe

Historiography and teaching

  • Adamo, Phillip C. "Medieval Connections: Active Learning and the Teaching of the Middle Ages." Teaching History: A Journal of Methods v 31 #2 (2006) . pp 59+. online edition
  • Boureau, Alain et al. Kantorowicz: Stories of a Historian (2001) excerpt and text search
  • Cantor, Norman F. Inventing the Middle Ages (1993) 480pp excerpt and text search
  • Cosgrove, Art. "The Writing of Irish Medieval History", I.H.S., 27 (1990), 97-111
  • Rubin, Miri. The Work of Jacques Le Goff and the Challenges of Medieval History (1997) 272 pages excerpts and text search
  • Spiegel, Gabrielle M. The Past as Text: The Theory and Practice of Medieval Historiography 1999) excerpt and text search

Primary sources

  • Cantor, Norman F. ed. The Medieval Reader (1995), 384pp