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For university students, with English-speaking orientation. Includes an overview and guide to the history and study of medieval pilgrimage, and an annotated bibliography of 1062 entries. There is also a 7-page appendix for orientation to medieval studies generally.
Standard handbook for sources (manuscripts, etc.); chapters on locating and interpreting collection of manuscripts. Bibliography of bibliographies in introduction, all evaluated. Also includes references for ancillary disciplines (paleography, linguistics, prosopography, etc.), as well as guides to manuscript indexes and collections.
1980 reprint with errata and addendum to original edition of 1931. A standard introduction to the field, with very extensive bibliography. Part I includes chapters on method, historiography, and bibliographies of reference works, general texts, and source collections. Parts II and III feature brief outlines for Paetow's courses with extensive bibliography, lightly annotated, for each "lecture."
"Designed for 'the graduate student or young scholar who is interested in...interpreting medieval literature but has little or no guidance in it.'--Introd. Chapters provide bibliographical essays and suggest research methods on topics such as biblical exegesis, hymns, mythography, and major authors. Medieval encyclopedias are discussed in an appendix. Subject/medieval author, modern author/editor;/translator, manuscript, and translation indexes." (Balay).
In 3 volumes, about 250 manuscripts described in each. Descriptions are formal as to contents, condition, and provenance of each. NOTE that Z6611-6621 (or so) contains similar catalogues to many other such manuscript collections.
Contains 1036 entries on the topic, including reference works, monographs, serials and articles. Some items described but none evaluated. Note that this work defines "monasticism" by withdrawal from world, therefore mendicants, military orders, and such are excluded, while hermits and anchorites are included. Assumes familiarity with principal western European languages.
French. A handbook, by Bollandists, to medieval hagiographic study. Includes chapters on topics such as reliquaries and pilgrimage, saints' calendars, etc. Tends to favor French and Latin sources in its bibliographies, with some English, Italian, and German citations included. Discussions of historiography, method, etc.
Probably the best of the English saints' dictionaries. Lists about 1,500 saints, with focus on those from or venerated in Britain. Includes brief bibliographies on each (other saints' dictionaries are more comprehensive - about 2,000-2,500 saints - but lack bibliography). Articles from c.50-350 words.
German. The standard reference work for the middle ages, in 6 volumes of about 2000 pp each. Entry on Peter Abelard is 1500 words plus a bibliography. Bibliographies tend to favor German and French sources, and avoid survey works. Very thorough.
English alternative to the Lexicon des Mittelalters, in 12 volumes of about 800 pp. each, plus an index volume. Major articles are upwards of 1000 words, minor articles and definitions 50-100 words. Less comprehensive than the Lexicon, but bibliographies favor English works where possible and includes survey works.
Monasticism and Religious Orders (One may also search by the
name of the order as well)
Most of these headings can be searched more specifically with the subheadings:
--history--middle ages, 600-1500
--middle ages, 600-1500
Also, the subheading: "--History of Doctrines--middle ages, 600-1500" can be used for most theological topics (e.g.: "Salvation--history of doctrines--middle ages, 600-1500"). In addition, many related fields will have a heading specific to the middle ages, such as "Architecture, medieval."
Depending on one's area of research, it is also often possible to access information through a geographical subject heading (name of region/country--church history), or through the name of an individual in whom one is interested, or the name of a denomination or sect. For the latter, "Catholic Church" is used in LCSH as a pattern heading; that is, all subheadings that are widely used for religions and religious organizations are to be found under the Catholic Church heading. Additional subheadings that are specific to a religious group may be found under that group's own heading.