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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Holiness and Sainthood

(865 words)

Author(s): Klaus Schreiner
In light of divine revelation that took on written form in the books of the Old and New Testaments, God is the Holy One per se. Only God is intrinsically suited for holiness. Holiness that is ascribed to people, cultic acts, …
Date: 2016-08-09

Human Beings and the Environment

(2,516 words)

Author(s): Elisabeth Vavra
Water Supply and Wastewater Disposal Human settlements of all kinds need both potable and non-potable water. The simplest way to provide water was to collect rainwater in cisterns, draw water from rivers, …
Date: 2016-08-09

Humanism and the Reception of Antiquity

(2,392 words)

Author(s): Martial Staub
Since the 19th century, appealing to modern forms of humanism or rejecting them, "humanism" has denoted an academic movement of the Late Middle Ages and the early modern era whose champions viewed the…
Date: 2016-10-18


(701 words)

Author(s): Werner Rösener
Hunting in its various forms undoubtedly played a preeminent role in the thought and behavior of nobility and rulers during the Middle Ages. It was considered a knightly activity, in which one could r…
Date: 2016-08-09