On-Line Electronic Resources, worthy of note:

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L’Università e ordine degli studi. Il metodo scolastico, di Dott. Andrea Colli (Universitaet Zu Koeln: Thomas Institut)

Fathers of the Church

New Advent — A popular hosted page of English translations for multiple Patristic authors.

Christian Classics Ethereal Library — The Schaff English translations of numerous Church Fathers, as well as some scholarly guides and resources.

Guide to Eearly Church Documents — A study aid to exploring the somewhat confusing and broad spectrum of patristic theology and Biblical commentary.  Contains full texts and scholarly tools, as well as a helpful at-a-glance organization system.

Medieval Resources

Christian Latin and Manuscript Paleography

Cappelli, The Elements of Abbreviation in Medieval Latin Paleography — An online version of Cappelli’s classic text of paleographical guidance, hosted by the University of Kansas.

Cappelli, Dizionario di Abbreviature — An online index that links to individual pages of Cappelli’s indispensable paleographical dictionary.

Karl Maurer’s Guide to Textual Apparatus and other resources for Graecists and Latinists — These indispensable guides and selected texts are an excellent resource for navigating the convoluted scholarly shorthand surrounding Greek and Latin Texts.

The Latin Library — Primary sources in Latin, hosted online in a readable format.  These sources are copyright-free and can be used in any educational setting, especially to aid in Latin practice.  The bottom-right-hand of the screen has the links for Medieval and Christian authors.

British Library Manuscript Catalogue — A very helpful place to find medieval manuscripts, which can then be ordered or occasionally appear in digitized form.

French Library Manuscript Catalogue — A reference tool for the Bibliothèque nationale de France, where thousands of monastic and scholastic works of theology, philosophy, law, and other subjects are held.  Select “manuscrits” on the search bar, and you can search by author, catalogue number, date, or title.

The Monastic Manuscript Project — This is one of the most useful sites on the internet for manuscript studies.  If you are looking for a manuscript, this website has two extremely helpful lists: one of digitized medieval manuscripts, and another of digitized library catalogues.  These two resources are “go-to” for any scholar doing manuscript research.

Perseus Digital Library and Language Tool — Not only are numerous Greek and Latin texts hosted on Perseus, the site also includes a language tool that will help Greek and Latin learners to parse words they don’t recognize.  This tool is essentially a super-dictionary for classical languages.

William Whitaker’s Words — Hosted by Notre Dame, Whitaker’s Words is similar to Perseus, except it only works for Latin.  It is also much easier to use, and includes software and smartphone apps that can make your Latin parsing tool available on the go.

Medieval Canon Law

Pennington — A resource unto himself, Dr. Ken Pennington has generously provided ample materials for those studying the development of Christian law on his homepage, including full scholarly articles, power point presentations, manuscripts, bibliography, course lecture videos, and indices.  Everything on his website can be cited as-is, as it all appears in scholarly journals and books, which he notes on each page.

MCLVL — The Medieval Canon Law Virtual Library (Colby College) is a sine qua non for medieval legal primary sources, with full texts available for download by compilers and jurists such as Ivo of Chartres and Gratian.

Rechtshistorie — A collection of notes and articles about the history of Roman, Medieval Feudal, Common, Canon, and Old Dutch law, including digital collections.

Medieval Canon Law — A well-organized presentation of medieval canon law, including bibliography, notes, timelines, editions, and plenty of links as well as original material.

Medieval Philosophy

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy — Numerous brief but rich articles on medieval philosophers (and those of other periods), written for the common reader by world-class experts.  Their articles on medieval philosophical themes, such as “Divine Illumination” and “Medieval Mereology” are one-of-a-kind.

The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy — Has articles of similar content to the Stanford Encyclopedia, but not as many geared toward medieval philosophy.  However, IEP is quite valuable a peer-reviewed academic resource.

Société Internationale pour l’Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale:  http://www.siepm.uni-freiburg.de/links/links

Boston College’s SIEPM’s Server: http://capricorn.bc.edu/siepm/

The Medieval University

Glossae.net — A copious resource for students of the Bible in the Middle Ages, including bibliography, manuscripts, and an electronic reproduction of the line-by-line glosses in the Latin Vulgate, for each book of the Bible.  The site is a work in progress but very useful.

The Rise of the Universities — A brief page of lecture notes that accords with Charles Homer Haskins’ classic The Rise of the Universities.  A good introduction, not to be cited for scholarly research.

The Medieval Universities — An online excerpt from Carlton Munro, The Middle Ages.  Introductory, no longer contemporary scholarship.

General Medieval Study Resources

The Labyrinth — Hosted by Georgetown University, “The Labyrinth” is a massive array of links for students of the Middle Ages.  See especially the links for “Church History,” “Manuscripts,” and “Theology.”

The ORB — An online reference book for medieval studies with numerous valuable links and tools, clearly organized and easily accessible.

The Internet Medieval Sourcebook/Byzantine Sourcebook (Two Links) — Fordham University hosts numerous excerpts and full texts of medieval and Byzantine sources in English.  The site also serves as a hub for connecting scholars, calls for papers, etc.

Online Medieval Sources Bibliography — A very useful annotated bibliography of medieval primary and secondary sources on a wide range of topics.  This site is first-rate and used by scholars the world over, especially because of its helpful search tool that enables searching within the bibliography on a number of different search term categories.  Sponsored by Fordham University.

Oxford Bibliography of Medieval Studies — Collections of works on medieval topics, organized alphabetically.  Contains thousands of entries.

Religious Orders

Monastic Manuscript Project:  Internet Resources for the Study of Early Medieval Monasticism:  http://www.earlymedievalmonasticism.org/listoflinks.html#Digital


The Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance — The homepage for the Cistercian Trappists includes several founding texts of the Cistercian Order in Latin and several European languages (located on the “Resources” tab).  Also, easy comparison can be made on this site with their modern-day constitutions and liturgical texts.

Cistercian Bibliography (Mississippi Abbey) — A copious bibliography for numerous members of the Cistercian Order throughout its history, the minimalist construction of this page makes it very easy to navigate.

The James of Eltville Project — A team of editors working on the Sentence commentary of James of Eltville, O. Cist. (d. 1393) has posted all of their findings and current progress online.  This is an excellent place to observe a dynamic editing process as it happens, and to find great bibliography on the Cistercians and the University.

Friars Minor

Bert Roest’s Bibliography of Franciscan Authors — Contains a broad array of Franciscan authors from the 13th-18th centuries, organized alphabetically, along with any bibliography available for each.  Though not exhaustive, the list of names is continually growing and is currently the largest bibliography of its type.

The Ordered Universe — An intriguing new project that explores Robert Grosseteste’s thought, especially its relevance for the history of science.  It is a hub for scholars as well as a free resource of posters, articles, symposia, etc.

The Electronic Grosseteste — An excellent bibliography and searchable hosting place for over 50 authentic writings of Robert Grosseteste.  Any research on the great teacher at Oxford’s Franciscan studium should begin here.

Tobias Hoffman’s Duns Scotus Bibliography (1950-present) — This bibliography of books and articles on Bl. John Duns Scotus is practically exhaustive, multilingual, and constantly updated to include new work.

Order of Preachers

Corpus Thomisticum/Index Thomisticus — The best online resource for the works of Thomas Aquinas.  This site provides reproductions of (often) the most current editions of the Angelic Doctor’s works, as well as digital editions of both the Leonine corpus and important manuscripts.  Furthermore, it augments these useful resources with an excellent bibliography, searchable index, and lexicon.

History of the Dominican Order — A useful collection of bibliography and links to research tools.  Does not limit itself to medieval Dominicana.


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