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): Karl Ubl
Kingship was omnipresent during the Middles Ages. Aside from a few locally confined exceptions, kingship was the self-evident, "natural" form of political organization in the period from 500 to 1500 (…
Date: 2016-10-17

Kinship Systems

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Author(s): Bernhard Jussen
The medieval family relationship system was a tripartite system: descent (in the paternal and maternal line), marriage alliances (affinity), and spiritual relationships (especially god-parenthood). Si…
Date: 2016-10-17

Knowledge and Competence in the Field of Structural Engineering

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Author(s): Thomas Hänseroth
In the Early Middle Ages and, in part, the High Middle Ages, architects and craftsmen, especially those coming from the monastic world, acquired the ability to deal with complex construction projects.…
Date: 2016-08-09