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Anglo-Saxon and Arthurian Period

Geoffrey Ashe, The Discovery of King Arthur (1985)

Richard Barber, The Arthurian Legends: An Illustrated Anthology (1992)

Marion Z. Bradley, Mists of Avalon (1980)Derek Brewer, English Gothic Literature (1983)

John Gardner, Grendel (1963)

Edward Irving, Introduction to Beowulf (1969), A Reading of Beowulf (1969)


Middle English Period

Emilie Amt, Women's Lives in Medieval Europe: A Sourcebook (1993)

Anonymous, The Cloud of Unknowing (many editions)

Richard Barber, A Penguin Guide to Medieval Europe (1984)

Larry Benson, Art & Tradition in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Morris Bishop, The Middle Ages (1968)Alcuin Blamires, Woman Defamed and Woman Defended: An Anthology of Medieval Texts (1992), The Case for Women in Medieval Culture (1997)

Meg Bogin, The Women Troubadours (1980)

Diane Bornstein, The Lady in the Tower: Medieval Courtesy Literature for Women (1983)

David Burnley, Courtliness and Literature in Medieval England (1998)

Andreas Capellanus, The Art of Courtly Love (many editions)

Neville Coghill, The Poet Chaucer (1949)

Helen Cooper, Oxford Guides to Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales (repr 1991)

E. Talbot Donaldson, Speaking of Chaucer (1970)

Peter Dronke, Women Writers of the Middle Ages (1984)

Umberto Eco, Name of the Rose

Donald Howard, The Idea of the Canterbury Tales (1965)

Terry Jones, The Knight's Tale (1970)

Richard Kieckhefer, Magic in the Middle Ages (1989)V.A. Kolve, Chaucer and the Imagery of Narrative (1984)

Margaret Wade Labarge, A Small Sound of the Trumpet: Women in Medieval Life (1986)

C.S. Lewis, The Allegory of Love (1958)

R.S. Loomis, A Mirror of Chaucer's World (1965)

Jill Mann, Geoffrey Chaucer (1991), Chaucer and Medieval Estates Satire (1973)

Derek Pearsall, The Canterbury Tales (1985) , The Life of Geoffrey Chaucer (1992)

Christine de Pizan, The Book of the City of Ladies (1982)

Eileen Power, Medieval Women (1975)

Gustave Reese, Music in the Middle Ages (1940)

Jane H.M. Taylor and Lesley Smith, Women and the Book: Assessing the Visual Evidence (1997)

Barbara Tuchman, A Distant Mirror (1978)


The Renaissance

Margaret Aston, The Fifteenth Century (1968)C.C. Brown and A.F. Marotti, Texts and Cultural Change in Early Modern England (1997)

Sem Dresden, Humanism in the Renaissance (1968)

Margaret Ferguson, et al., Rewriting the Renaissance (1986)

B. Ford, The Age of Shakespeare (repr 1986), From Donne to Marvell (repr 1986)

Marilyn French, Shakespeare's Division of Experience (1981)

Carlos Ginsberg, The Cheese and the Worms (1982)

Stephen Greenblatt, Renaissance Self-Fashioning (1980)

G. Holmes, The Florentine Enlightenment

J. Huizinga, The Waning of the Middle Ages (1954)

C.S. Lewis, The Discarded Image (1971)

H.A. Mason, Humanism and Poetry in the Early Tudor Period (repr 1980)

Murray Roston, Sixteenth-Century English Literature (1982)

K. Simon, A Renaissance Tapestry: The Gonzaga of Mantua (1988)

G. Waller, English Poetry of the Sixteenth Century (1986)

G.W.O. Woodward, A Short History of 16th Century England (1963)

E.M.W. Tillyard, The Elizabethan World PictureJames G Turner, Sexuality & gender in early modern Europe (repr 1995)


MS and Printing History

H.J. Chaytor, From Manuscript to Print (1945)

Elizabeth L. Eisenstein, The Printing Press as an Agent of Change (1982)

Sandra Hindman, D. Farquhar, Pen to Press: Illuminated Manuscripts and Printed Books in the First Century of Printing (1977)

Marshall McLuhan, The Gutenberg Galaxy (1962)


Useful Sites

[all sites consulted in October, 1998]

Images of Medieval MSS on the Internet



Electronic Texts/Journals



Labyrinth:Resources for Medieval Studies


ORB, Online Reference for Medieval Studies (Art)


UCalifornia, Riverside Medieval History


UEvansville, Argos Limited Area Search of Ancient and Medieval Internet


Women in the Middle Ages

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