Understanding Medieval Primary Sources: Using Historical Sources to Discover Medieval Europe by Joel T. RosenthalUnderstanding Medieval Primary Sources: Using Historical Sources to Discover Medieval Europe by Joel T. Rosenthal

Understanding Medieval Primary Sources: Using Historical Sources to Discover Medieval Europe

EditorJoel T. Rosenthal

Hardcover | October 11, 2011

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Medieval society created many kinds of records and written material which differ considerably, giving us such sources as last wills, sermons, manorial accounts, or royal biographies. Primary sources are an exciting way for students to engage with the past and draw their own ideas about life in the medieval period.

Understanding Medieval Primary Sourcesis a collection of essays that will introduce students to the key primary sources that are essential to studying medieval Europe. The sources are divided into two categories: the first part treats some of the many generic sources that have been preserved, such as wills, letters, royal and secular narratives and sermons. Chapter by chapter each expert author illustrates how they can be used to reveal details about medieval history. The second part focuses on areas of historical research that can only be fully discovered by using a combination of primary sources, covering fields such as maritime history, urban history, women's history and medical history.

Understanding Medieval Primary Sourceswill be an invaluable resource for any student embarking on medieval historical research.

Joel T. Rosenthal is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has published on the social history of late medieval England, looking into such topics as old age, families, popular religion, children, and widows. He is the recent author of Margaret Paston's Piety, (2010) and is the co-editor of Me...
Title:Understanding Medieval Primary Sources: Using Historical Sources to Discover Medieval EuropeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:October 11, 2011Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:041578073X

ISBN - 13:9780415780735


Table of Contents

Introduction. Part 1: Generic Sources.  1. Royal and Secular BiographyRalph A. Griffiths  2.Vernacular Chronicles and Narrative Sources in Medieval EnglandLister M. Matheson  3. The Medieval Sermon: Text, Performance, and InsightAnne T. Thayer  4. Wills as Primary SourcesShona Kelly Wray and Roisin Cossar  5. Letters and Letter CollectionsJoel T. Rosenthal Part 2:Topical Sources.    6. Writing Military History from Narrative Sources: Norman Battlefield Tactics, ca. 1000Bernard Bachrach 7. Historians and Inquisitors: Testimonies from the Early Inquisitions into Heretical DepravityMark G. Pegg  8. Sources of Royal Rituals and King-MakingJinty Nelson  9. The Sources for Manorial and Rural HistoryPhilip Slavin  10.Sources for Medieval Maritime HistoryMaryanne Kowaleski  11. The Sources of Urban HistoryCaroline M. Barron  12. Sources for the Study of Public Health in the Medieval CityCarole Rawcliffe  13. Women's History: Sources and IssuesKatherine L. French  14. Sources for Representative InstitutionsHannes Kleineke Part 3.The Visual and the Material.  15. Images and Objects as Sources for Medieval HistorySara Lipton  16. Archaeology and History (in the United Kingdom)David Hinton  Further Reading. Index.