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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Forms of Knowledge Mediation

(815 words)

Author(s): Martin Kintzinger
Not unlike "communication" (→interaction and communication), "mediality" is a technical term in modern scholarship and theory that can be used to describe historical phenomena. A contemporary term, the Latin medium (medium, instr…
Date: 2016-08-09

Forms of Knowledge Mediation: Contents

(18 words)

Introduction 1 Curricula 2 Lectures, Disputations 3 Sermons 4 Books and Libraries
Date: 2016-09-20

Forms of Organization

(3,024 words)

Author(s): Gert Melville
The most dominant formation of the Middle Ages in terms of organizational history was the Church. It was a child of antiquity – both in its spiritual and dogmatic foundations (→the Christianization of…
Date: 2016-10-17


(336 words)

Author(s): Jörg Oberste
In chancelleries and other facilities concerned with the authoring of official documents, collections of model documents were used, often consisting of copies of genuine documents. These served as edi…
Date: 2016-08-09

Foundations of Medieval Music Theory

(1,146 words)

Author(s): Laurenz Lütteken
In accordance with its "dual literacy," two aspects of medieval music theory may be differentiated. The first relates to the concrete internal differentiation of music in theory, the other is the deba…
Date: 2016-08-09

French Literature

(3,737 words)

Author(s): Walburga Hülk-Althoff
Whoever has to write about the French literature of the Middle Ages must reflect on the parameters of the title, and question them. It ought to be impossible to describe French literature briefly. To …
Date: 2016-08-09