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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Alphabetic Index of Authors

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Gerd AlthoffCeremonial – Ritual; Consecration and Investiture of Bishops; Elevation of Kings and Emperors; Enfeoffment and Symbolic Duties; Rituals of Peace and Submission; Royal / Imperial Entry (adve…
Date: 2016-08-09

Alphabetic Index of Contributions

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Adoption Aesthetic Theories in the Middle Ages and Medieval Art Agricultural Technology Agriculture Amicitia Anglo-Saxon and Hiberno-Scottish Regions Apologias of Women Apparitions, Visions, Dreams Applied Technology …
Date: 2016-08-09


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Author(s): Klaus Oschema
Reflection on friendship (Greek philía, Latin amicitia) was shaped decisively by Aristotle, who distinguished three forms of friendship in his Nicomachean Ethics. The forms based on utility or enjoyment are contrasted wit…
Date: 2016-08-09

Anglo-Saxon and Hiberno-Scottish Regions

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Author(s): Jürgen Sarnowski
The history of the Anglo-Saxon and Hiberno-Scottish region, or the British Isles, certainly does not constitute a unity (contrary to how it may appear from a continental perspective), despite a number…
Date: 2016-08-09