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Knights at Court : Courtliness, Chivalry, & Courtesy from Ottonian Germany to the Italian Renaissance
Life in a Medieval Castle by Joseph and Frances GiesLife in a Medieval Castle by Joseph. Gies, Frances Gies (Contributor).   

Life in a Medieval Castle is absolutely masterful! Extremely well researched, each chapter is a goldmine of information. The work not only offers a wonderful summary of the history of the development of the castle but also gives the reader a real feel for castle life. The text is engaging and very well written. Jargon specific to discussions of feudalism and castles is defined in concise tables at the back of the book. Liberally sprinkled with excellent photographs, the book provides extras, such as a schematic drawing of a castle and words and music to medieval songs (although I did find myself wishing that at least some of the plates could have been in color). The geographical guide to castles is comprehensive and examples are chosen with care. Bibliography is provided for each chapter for those readers who wish to study certain topics in-depth. Bibliographic selections are authoritative, current and comprehensive. The index is also well done and easy to use. The book is an excellent addition to reading lists for courses on the Middle Ages as well as an enjoyable read for anyone who wishes to learn more about medieval life.  -- Review by Linda A. Malcor.

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Castles of Tuscany


Website designed and maintained by Paolo Ramponi.


Tuscany is one of Italy's world famous regions. Tuscany, with its enchanted landscapes from the mountain to the sea. Tuscany, with its towns with museums, cathedrals, historical buildings, streets and places like Florence, Siena, Pisa and more. Tuscany, full of ancient Etruscan and Roman ruins. But one can not pass through this land without being aware of Medieval Tuscany.  

Still visible are the little walled towns which are a testimony to the Middle Ages just as the great cities. Castles, fortresses, watchtowers, town walls, appear everywhere; some are well preserved, others in ruins, but the main ones are not on the tourist routes. In this site, created to let people know of the existence and state of preservation of these testimonies to the medieval era, you will find history, photos and when possible plans of some of this fortifications.

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bulletCastles Index 
bulletWhat's New 
bulletRelated Medieval Links 


Castles of Wales

Website designed and maintained by Paolo Ramponi.


This homepage is my tribute to the country that has the finest and purest examples of fortified medieval architecture: the Castles of Wales. Here you will find the pictures, plans and history of some of the largest and important of those. The castles that you can visit on this site are just a little part of the many powerful fortifications located in Wales (the country counts more than 400 castles!), this is only my suggestion for a historical journey through the region: when you pass through the green landscapes of Wales the fortresses themselves will attract your attention with their high and magnificent walls.  

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bulletCastles Index 
bulletRelated Medieval Links

Women Writers of the Middle Ages


bulletThe Paston Letters and Papers


bulletMargery Kempe A liminal figure, Kempe doesn't quite fit as wholly secular or religious.
bulletHildegard of Bingen
bulletMedieval Sourcebook: acts of Xanthippe, Polyxena, and Rebecca Linked from "On-Line Text Materials for Medieval Studies" at the University of Kansas
bulletLinked from Wheaton College
bulletMarguerete Porete

Resources concerning women:

bulletBridgit In Celtic myth, Brighid is the goddess of inspiration, smithcraft, and healing. Another significant name for the same person is Ceridwen, the mother of the famous Welsh poet, Taliesin.
bulletLiterature Concerning the Peasantry
bulletA Husband's Endowment of His Future Wife on Their Bethrothal - Southern Burgundy. Linked from "A Medieval Source Book", Fordham Univsity
bulletManorial Marriage and Sexual Offense Cases Linked from "A Medieval Source Book", Fordham Univsity
bulletCorpus Iuris Civiilis: The Digest and Codex: Marriage Laws Linked from "A Medieval Source Book," Fordham University
bulletWitchcraft Documents [15th Century] Linked from "A Medieval Source Book," Fordham Univsity
bulletThe Role of Personal Choice in the Sprituality of Nuns and Beguines
bulletA Comparative Essay on Fasting Among Medieval and Contemporary Religious Women
bulletThe Enduring Popularity of Courtly Love


bulletBibliography by Bonnie Duncan, Millersville University
bulletMedieval Feminist Index: Scholarship on Women, Sexuality, and Gender
bulletSociety for Medieval Feminist Scholarship

Online Text Materials for Medieval Studies

ORB is an academic site, written and maintained by medieval scholars for the benefit of their fellow instructors and serious students. All articles have been judged by at least two peer reviewers. Authors are held to high standards of accuracy, currency, and relevance to the field of medieval studies. 

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bulletThe ORB Reference Shelf (Bibliographies)
bulletExternall Links (annotated)


The Online Medieval and Classical Library

The Online Medieval and Classical Library (OMACL) is a collection of some of the most important literary works of
Classical and Medieval civilization. Douglas B. Killings is responsible for the project, and can be reached at

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Internet Medieval Sourcebook

Historians teaching medieval history surveys almost always want to combine a textbook, a sourcebook, and additional readings. Textbooks, as an ever-evolving form, are probably worth the cost, but sourcebooks are often unnecessarily expensive. Unlike some modern history texts, the sources used for medieval history have been around a long time. Very many were translated in the 19th century, and, as a rapid review of any commercial source book will show, it is these 19th century translations which make up the bulk of the texts. Indeed the genealogy of such texts is a minor area of possible historiographical research. Although publishers need make no copyright payments to use these texts, there is no real cost reduction, compared with sourcebooks for modern history surveys. Many of these 19th century texts are now available on the Internet, or are easily typed in to etext form.

In association with ORB, this site includes:

bulletSelect Sources
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bulletSaint's Lives
bulletLaw Texts

Selected Source Sections:

bulletStudying History
bulletEnd of Rome
bulletRoman Church
bulletEarly Germans
bulletCeltic World
bullet10 C Collapse
bulletEconomic Life
bulletEmpire & Papacy
bulletCeltic States
bulletIntellectual Life
bulletMedieval Church
bulletJewish Life
bulletSocial History
bulletSex & Gender
bulletStates & Society


The Internet Classics Archive

Bringing the wisdom of the classics to the Internet since 1994.  Sponsored in part by the MIT Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies. 

Select from a list of 441 works of classical literature by 59 different authors, including user-driven commentary and "reader's choice" Web sites. Mainly Greco-Roman works (some Chinese and Persian), all in English translation.

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