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): Beate Kellner
In present-day debates between medievalists there is a focus on clarifying the terms "fiction," "fictivity," and "fictionality," it being crucial to distinguish the first two from the last. Whereas fi…
Date: 2016-08-09

Fine Arts and Music

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Author(s): Laurenz Lütteken
The idea that all sensory manifestations of the beautiful might form a coherent whole, a system of beaux arts, or "beautiful arts," is not a prerequisite of the Middle Ages, but its result. Not until the 15th century w…
Date: 2016-08-09

Fine Arts and Music: Complete Contents

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4. Fine Arts and Music Aesthetic Theories in the Middle Ages and Medieval Art   Art in Practice – The Middle Ages and the Role of Art and Artists in Christianity The Artist's Living Environment in the Middle Ages  The Artist
Date: 2016-09-21