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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Natural History

(1,771 words)

Author(s): Jürgen Sarnowski
Nature is primarily experienced when something unusual or even threatening takes place (→climate), and less in the everyday course of events, which we take for granted. This explains why medieval auth…
Date: 2016-08-09

Natural Spaces

(2,052 words)

Author(s): Ludolf Kuchenbuch | Joseph Morsel
First of all, we must remember that neither the widely accepted modern understanding of nature as a physical entity and the subject of an academic discipline – the material totality of atmosphere, cli…
Date: 2016-08-09

New Frontiers: Scientia naturalis and the Scientific Agenda of the Artist-Engineers in the Renaissance

(3,062 words)

Author(s): Thomas Hänseroth
Ideas of bringing technological and scientific knowledge closer together epistemically, beyond classificatory, systematic, and semantic interests, or even relating them to each other are found only ou…
Date: 2016-08-09