Background and Context
A history of medieval Europe from Constantine to Saint Louis.
By R.H.C. Davis.  New York: Longman, 2005. 3rd ed.

Life in the Middle Ages: from the seventh to the thirteenth century.
By Hans-Werner Goetz; translated by Albert Wimmer; edited by Steven Rowan.  Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, c1993

The worlds of medieval Europe.
By Clifford R. Backman. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.
Art Full Text (1984 to date) Restricted Resource Some full text available
Indexes 350 art magazines and journals covering pre-historic to contemporary art. Some full text from 1995-date.  For earlier dates search its companion database Art Index Retrospective (1929-1984)
Searching both databases simultaneously for publications dated 1929 to the present. Both databases index the Allen Memorial Art Museum Bulletin.  

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals Restricted Resource
Indexes architecture and related fields, from pre-historical to contemporary practice in 2,500+ international Journals. 1930s-date, with some titles indexed from 19th century. 

Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index
Citations of journal articles, book reviews, and essays covering topics of gender and sexuality in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East from 450 to 1500 AD Dates of Coverage: 1990 to date

Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) (1975-2007) Unrestricted Resource
Index to 1,200+ North American and European Journals covering Western Art from ca. 300 CE to present. Succeeded by International Bibliography of Art.

International Bibliography of Art (2008 to date) Restricted Resource
Indexes 500 journals covering European art since antiquity, American art sincle the colonial period, and Global art since 1945. Preceded by the Bibliography of the History of Art.

International Medieval Bibliography Restricted Resource
Indexes international scholarship covering the Middle Ages in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. Dates of Coverage: 1967 to date

Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance Unrestricted Resource
Indexes academic journals covering the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700) primarily in Europe. Dates of Coverage: 1859 to date

JSTOR Restricted Resource Some full text available
Scholarly journal archive for the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences;  most journals 2-5 years out-of-date

Kubikat is the collective catalogue of four of the leading German scholarly art history research institutes located in Florence, Munich, Rome and Paris. Kubikat includes both article and book citations. 
Primary Sources
Douay-Rheims Bible
The Douay-Rheims Bible is the English translation closest to the Vulgate, which was used throughout the Middle Ages.

Meditations on the Life of Christ Art BT300.B7 1961
A late medieval text with pictures which provides an excellent example of contemporary devotional attention to the events of Christ's life. OBIS record

Metamorphoses. by Ovid
Ovid's Metamorphosis was a source for much of the classical imagery in the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque periods. 

Vite De' PiĆ¹ Eccellenti Architetti, Pittori et Scultori Italiani. Milanesi, trans.
An important translation by Gaetano Milanesi.  NB: Spelling variations or poor scan quality may alter search results; vary terms and spelling accordingly.  Also available in print: OBIS record

Sources and Documents in the History of Art Series
  • Art of the Byzantine Empire 312-1453: Sources and Documents in the History of Art. Art Library, N 6250 .A72 1986 C.1-3
    Primary sources in translation.  OBIS record
  • Early Medieval Art, 300-1150: Sources and Documents in the History of Art Art N5975.D3 1986 c.1-2
    Primary sources in translation OBIS record
  • Gothic Art 1140-c. 1450: Sources and Documents in the History of Art Art N6310.F7 1987 c.1-4
    Primary sources in translation.   OBIS record
  • Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Documentary History of Art. Art Library, 709 H742L.2 vol. 1
    Documentary History of Art vol. 1.  OBIS record
  • Perspectives on Western art: source documents & readings from the ancient Near East through the Middle Ages. Art Library N 5303 .W74 1987
    Primary sources in translation.  OBIS record
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Encyclopedias & Dictionaries
See also Grove Art Online

Enciclopedia dell'Arte Medievale Art Library, N 5965 .E5 1993 vol. 1-10

In depth articles written by scholars with plans and images.  Complemented by Kibler and Zinn's more concise Medieval France: An Encyclopedia. OBIS record

Medieval Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Myths Legends, Tales, Beliefs and Customs.
Scholarly articles clarifying “the most concrete and least contestable evidence” of folklore in medieval Europe, as defined by common history, language, and other cultural traits.  Covers traditions such as Arabic-Islamic , Baltic, both the Anglo-Saxon Period and the Middle English Periods, Finno-Ugric, French, German, Hispanic, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Scandinavian, Scottish, Slavic (East), and Welsh.  Also available in print: Main Library Reference, GR 35 .M43 2000.  OBIS record

Medieval France: An Encyclopedia Main Ref. & Art Ref. DC33.2.M44 1995
Covers architecture and visual arts, maps and plates, w lists of kings, courts, dukes, popes, terms. OBIS record

Oxford Companion to Christian art and architecture Unrestricted Resource
You may need to enter your name and OCID barcode to use the e-book. Also available in Print: Art Library Reference, N 7830 .M87 1996.  OBIS record 

Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium. Restricted Resource
Also available in print: Main Library Reference, DF 521.O93 1991, vol. 1 -3.  OBIS record

Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages. Robert E. Bjork ed. Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
European history, society, and culture from 500 to 1500 A.D. including the Byzantine Empire, Islamic dynasties, and Asiatic peoples of the era.  Over 800 contributors. 

The rise of the medieval world, 500-1300: a biographical dictionary Restricted Resource Some full text available
"[O]ver 400 people whose contributions in literature, religion, philosophy, education, or politics influenced the development and culture of the Medieval world."  (publisher's description)
Handbooks & Guides
Medieval Manuscript Manual Art Z 5933 .F75 1998
Covers patronage, materials and techniques, structure and arrangement, typology, illumination, and has a glossary. OBIS record

Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts. Art Library, ND 2889 .B76 1994
OBIS record
Atlases & maps
Periodical Historical Atlas of Europe
1st-20th century; showing European political boundaries; allows 600%-1000% magnification.

Perry-CastaƱeda Library Map Collection, Univ. of Texas Libraries
Historical maps of Europe from the Greek and Roman eras to the 20th c. Includes maps of various types: political, topographical, thematic, etc.
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