Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures


These readers are born of a desire for a richer, multi-layered approach to the social, political, religious, economic, and intellectual history of the middle ages. The series seeks to provide students and scholars with collections of translated primary sources, including many to which they would not normally or easily have access. Each volume contains a mixture of standard documents (those which are central to the field and without which the volumes would be incomplete) and representative texts (those which are often less known and yet reveal important and interesting aspects of the Middle Ages). Both period and thematic readers are included. The series editor is Paul Edward Dutton.
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Medieval England, 500-1500: A Reader, Second Edition
Medieval England, 500-1500: A Reader, Second Edition
Edited by Emilie Amt and Katherine Allen Smith
This popular primary source reader spans several centuries in over one hundred documents.
Available Jan 2018
The Twelfth-Century Renaissance: A Reader
The Twelfth-Century Renaissance: A Reader
Edited by Alex J. Novikoff
In his thoughtful introduction, Novikoff explores the term "twelfth-century renaissance" and whether or not it should be applied to a range of thinkers with differing outlooks and attitudes.
Published Dec 2016
Muslim and Christian Contact in the Middle Ages: A Reader
Muslim and Christian Contact in the Middle Ages: A Reader
Edited by Jarbel Rodriguez
Jarbel Rodriguez has selected geographically diverse readings and multiple sources on the same event or topic so that readers gain a better understanding of the relationship that existed between Muslims and Christians in the Middle Ages.
Published Jan 2015
The Viking Age: A Reader, Second Edition
The Viking Age: A Reader, Second Edition
Edited by Angus A. Somerville and R. Andrew McDonald
In assembling, translating, and arranging over a hundred primary source readings, Somerville and McDonald successfully illuminate the Vikings and their world for twenty-first-century students and instructors.
Published Sep 2014
The Crusades: A Reader, Second Edition
The Crusades: A Reader, Second Edition
Edited by S.J. Allen and Emilie Amt
Since the publication of the first edition of The Crusades: A Reader, interest in the Crusades has increased dramatically, fueled in part by current global interactions between the Muslim world and Western nations.
Published Apr 2014
Prologues to Ancient and Medieval History: A Reader
Prologues to Ancient and Medieval History: A Reader
Edited by Justin Lake
This volume brings together for the first time the most important historical prologues of the European tradition for a period of almost two millennia.
Published Oct 2013
Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages: A Reader
Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages: A Reader
Edited by Brett Edward Whalen
Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages: A Reader is a rich collection of primary sources for the history of Christian pilgrimage in Europe and the Mediterranean world from the fourth through the sixteenth centuries.
Published Sep 2011
Medieval Medicine: A Reader
Medieval Medicine: A Reader
Edited by Faith Wallis
In this collection of over 100 primary sources, many translated for the first time, Faith Wallis reveals the dynamic world of medicine in the Middle Ages that has been largely unavailable to students and scholars.
Published May 2010
Vengeance in Medieval Europe: A Reader
Vengeance in Medieval Europe: A Reader
Edited by Daniel Lord Smail and Kelly Gibson

How did medieval society deal with private justice, with grudges, and with violent emotions? This ground-breaking reader collects for the first time a number of unpublished or difficult-to-find texts that address violence and emotion in the Middle Ages.

Published Jun 2009
A Short Reader of Medieval Saints
A Short Reader of Medieval Saints
Edited by Mary-Ann Stouck
"Mary-Ann Stouck's short reader stands apart in offering an abbreviated but judicious selection of saints' lives perfectly suited as a brief introduction. It fills a particular need with an elegant sufficiency." - Cynthia J. Hahn, Hunter College and the Graduate Center-CUNY
Published Nov 2008