Middle Ages

Sources for Background Information.  Every research project should start with getting some background information about your topic...and the best place to do this is in an encyclopedia.
 
Online Encyclopedias

Books: Most of the books about Medieval Topics are on the cart. Also make sure to look for your topic in the "Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages".

OPAC - Click here to search the library for books about your topic.  Use the general keyword search or subject search box.

General  Websites:

Middle Ages Research: START HERE! A site with every single possible topic of research in the Middle Ages.

Index of Middle Ages materials - Check this site for links to every imaginable topic about medieval times.

About.com's Main page on Medieval Information

http://www.learner.org/interactives/middleages/

This website gives excellent information about several aspects of life during the Middle Ages.  This includes: feudal life, religion, clothing, health, arts, entertainment, homes, and town life. 

Middle Ages in Europe - history, art, architecture, food, and clothing of the Middle Ages

Medieval Life and Times

And some specific topics....

Medieval Technology Pages - learn about items of daily life that first appeared in this time period.

Medicine

Secrets of the Dead - journey to the 14th century and learn about the plague that killed a third of the world's population, its economic and cultural impacts, and more.

  

   http://library.thinkquest.org/15569/hist-6.html

            ~ History of medieval medicine

Women

Women in the Middle Ages

Famous Women of the Middle Ages

Clothing

Footwear of the Middle Ages - Would THESE shoes have been comfortable and long-lasting?

Vikings

http://www.michelesinclair.com/medieval_times_and_castles.shtml#vikings

Secrets of Norse Ships

Superstitions and Witchcraft

http://www2.kenyon.edu/projects/margin/witch.htm

Superstitions of Medieval Europe

Games 

Medieval Games

Food

     http://www.medieval-life.net/food.htm
            ~ General information about Medieval Food

Music

Medieval Music - facts about the medieval instruments called the shawm, cittern, and recorder.

Medieval Music

Merchants

 

      http://www.britainexpress.com/History/Townlife.htm

            ~ Good resource for British medieval merchants

Castles

 

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/lostempires/trebuchet/castle.html

            ~ Castle Life

    http://www.castlewales.com/life.html

            ~ Life in a medieval castle

 

Castles

Crime and Punishment

Torture: http://michelesinclair.com/medieval-era-research/

Torture: http://www.medieval-period.com/medievaltorturedevices.html

Law: http://www.medieval-period.com/medievallaws.html

Pictures of Torture Instruments: http://www.kriminalmuseum.rothenburg.de/Englisch/engframe.htm

http://www.kriminalmuseum.rothenburg.de/Englisch/engframe.htm

http://www.camelotintl.com/village/crime.html

Other Sites

 

     http://www.middle-ages.org.uk/middle-ages-sitemap.htm

            ~ Resource to daily life of many roles and feudalism in general

 

         http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/history/middleages/
            ~ Online interactive museum for many medieval roles.

 

        http://www.medieval-life.net
            ~ Great resource for all things Medieval including daily life, homes, clothing, and food.

 

        http://www.the-orb.net/textbooks/westciv/medievalsoc.html

            ~ General information on Medieval society structure and roles

 

         http://www.learner.org/interactives/middleages/

            ~ Medieval Ages Interactive site (good general information on daily feudal life)

 

          http://loki.stockton.edu/~ken/wharram/wharram.htm

            ~ Wharram Percy: Lost Medieval Village

 

    

         http://www.kappaalphaorder.org/resources/varlet_materials/varlet_chivalry.asp
           ~ Information on Chivalry, Knighthood, and Varlets

     http://www.middle-ages.org.uk/steps-to-knighthood.htm
           ~ Steps to becoming a Knight including acting as a Varlet

       http://www.regia.org/fishing.htm
           ~ Information on Medieval Fishing for Snigglers

     http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/people/midwife.htm
            ~ The role of the Medieval Midwife

       http://www.intermaggie.com/med/women.php
            ~ History and Training of a Medieval Midwife

      http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/history/middleages/pdailylife.html
            ~ Daily life of a Peasant/Serf, information on Children, Midwives

      http://www.castles-of-britain.com/castle32.htm
            ~ Glossary of many Medieval Jobs with definitions

      http://www.medievalsociety.org/2008/04/02/worst-jobs-during-the-medieval-times/
            ~ Worst Jobs in Medieval Society, including Tanners, Snigglers

     http://historymedren.about.com/library/weekly/aa100500a.htm
            ~ Information about the role of Children in medieval society

     http://www.authorsden.com/visit/viewarticle.asp?AuthorID=3247&id=5658
            ~ Information about the life of Nobles (lords, ladies, and noble children)

       http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/history/middleages/nlife.html
            ~ Daily life of Nobles (including children)

    http://www.conisbroughcastle.org.uk/Education/Key%20Stage%201/othermedievalhomes.htm
            ~ Information on Homes of the late Middle Ages