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Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Primary Sources

For detailed information on finding primary sources in the humanities and social sciences go to the Primary Sources guide.

Avalon Project Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy - including Medieval, 15th century and 16th century documents.

Best of History Websites: Medieval History (Middle Ages)

Best of History Websites: Renaissance

CORSAIR: Images from Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts

Digital Scriptorium

EuroDocs: History of Medieval and Renaissance Europe: Primary Documents

Epistolae: Medieval Women’s Letters

Internet Medieval Sourcebook

Internet Modern History Sourcebook

Labyrinth Resources for Medieval Studies
A collection of digital resources for medieval studies organized by category, including Art, Armor, Crusades, Gender, Manuscripts, and many others.

Luminarium: Anthology of English Literature
This site covers the Medieval, Renaissance, 17th Century and Restoration periods and aims to provide a starting point for students and enthusiasts of English Literature.

Manuscripts Online: Written Culture 1000-1500

Middle English Compendium

Library Databases

Early English Books Online (EEBO)
EEBO includes full text facsimiles of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473 to 1700.

Early European Books Collection (EEB)
EEB is a collection of digitized European books printed in the early modern period (1450s-1700).

Empire Online
Empire Online contains an expansive collection of primary source documents that explore colonial history, politics, culture, and society  beginning in 1492.. 

Medieval Family Life

Medieval Travel Writing

State Papers Online
This collection covers the reigns of the Tudors, the Stuarts, and the Hannovers (up to George III's rule in 1782).

Translated Texts for Historians E-Library
Contains major historic texts dating from from 300 to 800 A.D. translated into English.


Blanche of Castile and King Louis IX of France; Author Dictating to a Scribe Moralized Bible, MS M.240, fol. 9r.Paris, France. ca. 1227-1234. Courtesy of the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York