I'm a fan of things Medieval--and, I should hasten to add, not just
of Medieval European things, but also African, Asian, and American (North
and South) of that era. However, I'm placing most of the historical stuff
in the History section, and limiting the sites here to links that are somehow
about life and culture during the Middle Ages, rather than about history.
The alchemy web site
As much information, both essays and links, as anyone (well, any non-practising
alchemist, anyhow) could possibly want on alchemy.
Angelcynn - Clothing and Appearance
of the Pagan Anglo-Saxons Very thorough essay, with images, of Anglo-Saxon
clothing. Absorbing, if you enjoy this sort of thing (which I do).
At the court
of Attila A wonderful historical account of the court of Attila the
the Hun and the Battle of Chalons A very entertaining article the Battle
of Chalons (451 AD) and Attila the Hun.
Byzantium: The Byzantine
Studies Page I'm a huge fan of John Julius Norwich's
trilogy, which is some of the most readable history I've ever had the pleasure
to discover, but for those of you who don't own those books, these pages
are an excellent substitute.
Castles on the Web A good,
thorough introduction to the subject.
Celtic Net Home Page
Under Construction, but still worth a brief look, if you're interested
in this sort of thing; some links on Celtic history and culture.
of Medieval and Anglo Saxon Recipes Have you ever wanted to cook a
Genuine Medieval Recipe? I know I sure have! If you're like me (and I know
I am) you'll want to go here to do that.
Columbus and the Age
of Discovery A big database of scholarly & academic articles
on Columbus, the Age of Discovery, and the peoples, both European and American,
involved. No matter what your interests, there's sure to be something here
to catch your eye.
Daily life in a
medieval castle A neat little essay on what it was actually like to
live in a castle. Part of a larger site on castles; you might find the
other pages in the site worth visiting, too.
Devil and Religious Controversies of 16th Century France A long, scholarly
essay on dealing with the Devil and Satanic possession in 16th
* Discovery and
Reformation From the magisterial World Cultures site.
Book The e-texts of "three essays in the Early History of England."
The Early Modern / The
Italian Renaissance From the really good World Cultures site.
* EAWC: Medieval Europe
From the very nice Exploring Ancient World Cultures site.
* The Ecole Initiative
A "hypertext encyclopedia of early Chuch history." Primary sources, essays,
images, and a timeline.
Empires Beyond the Great Wall: The Heritage of Genghis Khan The quite
good online version of the museum display; lots of very nice images.
The European Middle Ages
From the excellent World Cultures web site.
Khan @ nationalgeographic.com Despite the colors of the introductory
page being too dark, and therefore too hard to read, this web site is still
worth visiting. Although the National Geographic is reportedly a horrible
place at which to work, they still produce some very interesting stuff.
Hunger of 1044 A thesis on the causes and progress of the northwest
European famine of 1044.
Heraldica A site devoted to
heraldry; articles, a FAQ, a glossary, an atlas, and loads more information.
of Bingen A long essay on a notable Medieval woman.
in the Church Part of the History of Western Civilization site.
A series of 19 essays on the Babylonian Captivity & the Great Schism.
Ian Jessiman : The Plague,
England and Loughborough 1539 - 1640 A nice long essay on the plague.
Index of the Viking Network
Web A series of indices on Viking life, travels, regions, people, and
Jesuits and the
Sciences: 1540-1995 A thorough guide to the involvement of the Jesuits
with the sciences.
Joan's Witch Directory
An informative guide to the people who were accused of witchcraft and died
because of it.
* The Khazaria Info Center A very
thorough and lengthy "resource for Turkic and Jewish history in Russia
and the Ukraine."
* Labyrinth Home Page An
exemplary array of links and resources.
This is the official site of the Living History of the West Stow Country
Park and Anglo-Saxon Village. Some useful information here.
Renaissance Europe Primary historical documents of Medieval & Renaissance
The Medieval Review
An electronic journal reviewing current work in all areas of Medieval Studies.
* Medieval Sourcebook:
Introduction An excellent all-around resource for information and links
on things Medieval.
Pages "The Medieval Technology Pages are an attempt to provide accurate,
referenced information on technological innovation and related subjects
in western Europe during the Middle Ages." Neat-o!
Ages: Feudal Life A good introduction to life in the feudal system.
Old English Pages:
Map of Anglo-Saxon England Mmmm, boy, do I like stuff like this. It's
not interactive, but it's easy to read and has some nice symbols to explain
what you're seeing.
* The Online Medieval and
Classical Library If you're looking for medieval texts online, you
need go no further than this site.
* Online Medieval Reference
Book Oh, boy. About as thorough a list as you can find of articles,
resources, and links on things Ancient & Medieval on the Web. Excellent
Orders of Chivalry
and Knighthood Long essays on various medieval chivalric orders.
The origin and the deeds of the Goths The online text of Jordanes'
Origin And The Deeds Of The Goths. Great primary historical text.
Philip Augustus' Paris
Information on Paris during Philip Augustus' time, and links to other relevant
and Public Health in Renaissance Europe A "hypertext archive of narratives,
medical consilia, governmental records, religious and spiritual writings
and images documenting the arrival, impact and response to the problem
of epidemic disease in Western Europe between 1348 and 1530."
in Elizabethan England Damn it, I hate when web-designers choose
horrible color combinations - things like this page, with a black font
against a dark-blue background, are nearly impossible to read. Still, if
you can struggle through that, you'll find two medium-length essays on
the plague, each with an annotated bibliography.
The Reformation and
Counter-Reformation A long essay on the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation.
Regia Anglorum A good web page
on the world of Britain circa the turn of the millennium.
"An electronic forum of early-modern literary and historical studies."
Italy* A thorough list of information on seemingly everything having
to do with the Renaissance in Italy.
Rise of Popular Heresies A medium/long essay on what caused "heresies"
like the Albigensians & the Waldensians.
History of Medieval Islam A long essay on the entry of the Seljuk Turks
into Western Asia; this was originally a chapter in Saunders' book.
combat posts My opinion of the Society for Creative Anachronism isn't
high, but this is a very thorough list of information on medieval hand-to-hand
* Search Argos You might
connect. You might not. The site is finicky about that. But if you do you'll
find a search engine for the "ancient and medieval Internet." By which,
of course, they mean a Hotbot-style search engine that will bring
you links to web sites on ancient & medieval subjects. The site allows
for truncation, and brings some quality sites.
Secrets of the
Norman Invasion The main page of a very long and detailed look at the
1066 invasion. Hard to do much better than this, on this subject.
A Study Guide for
Elizabethan-Jacobean England Links to articles and web pages on E-J
Sultana An essay
in defense of Sultan Abdulhamid II.
of Magic, Introduction An brief but good essay on the "Traditions of
Magic in Late Antiquity."
The Treasure Fleet The start
page to a series of essays on the Spanish treasure fleets. Medium-length
essays, with images, on their routes & organizations, what shipboard
life was like during the 17th century, how the ships were constructed,
what they were armed with, the myths vs. the reality of the treasure fleets,
and what caused their decline.
Vikings and Asatru.
An index of links on the Vikings and the Asatru cult.
* Virtual Renaissance A
neat online guide to the Renaissance.
Visual Tour through Late Antiquity A bunch of images of late antiquity
Gaul, circa the era of Gregory of Tours.
Wars of Religion A long
essay on the 16th century French wars of religion.
Writers of the Middle Ages Medium-length essays on some notable female
writers of the Medieval centuries.
of Knighthood An online encyclopedia (with entries of varying length)
on just about every aspect of knightly life.
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