Brill’s Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages

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Edited by: Gert Melville and Martial Staub.

Brill's Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages Online offers an accessible yet engaging coverage of medieval European history and culture, c. 500-c. 1500, in a series of themed articles, taking an interdisciplinary and comparative approach. Presenting a broad range of topics current in research, the encyclopedia is dedicated to all aspects of medieval life, organized in eight sections: Society; Faith and Knowledge; Literature; Fine Arts and Music; Economy; Technology; Living Environment and Conditions; and Historical Events and Regions. This thematic structure makes the encyclopedia a true reference work for Medieval Studies as a whole. It is accessible and concise enough for quick reference, while also providing a solid grounding in a new topic with a good level of detail, since many of its articles are longer than traditional encyclopedia entries. The encyclopedia is supported by an extensive bibliography, updated with the most recent works and adapted to suit the needs of an Anglophone audience.

Brill's Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages Online is a unique work, and invaluable equally for research and for teaching. Anyone interested in the art, architecture, economy, history, language, law, literature, music, religion, or science of the Middle Ages, will find the encyclopedia an indispensible resource.  

This is an English translation of the second edition (2013) of the well-known German-language Enzyklopädie des Mittelalters, published by Primus Verlag / Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft.

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Author(s): Bernhard Jussen
Most publications on adoption in the history of Latin Europe have largely acknowledged J. Goody's theses, thereby upending older research, which typically proceeded from a legal-historical point of vi…
Date: 2016-08-09

Aesthetic Theories in the Middle Ages and Medieval Art

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Author(s): Eberhard König
As Umberto Eco wrote in the conclusion to the English edition of his book Art and Beauty in the Middle Ages, across a thousand years of the Middle Ages works of fine art and the philosophy of beauty were separated by a k…
Date: 2016-08-09

Agricultural Technology

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Author(s): Elisabeth Vavra
The yield of land devoted to cereal crops depends on many factors, including the nature of the soil, climatic conditions, the seeds, and, above all, the available equipment (→agriculture). Advances in…
Date: 2016-08-09


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Author(s): Werner Rösener
During the Early Middle Ages, agriculture was unquestionably the economic mainstay of the population. More than 95% of families practiced agriculture and lived from the proceeds of their farming activ…
Date: 2016-08-09