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About Bloomsbury Medieval Studies

Bloomsbury Medieval Studies is a new interdisciplinary digital resource with a global perspective. The platform brings together high-quality secondary content with visual primary sources, a brand new reference work, and material culture images into one cross-searchable platform.

Open up the medieval world...

"It showed us what we didn’t realize we were lacking. The worldwide coverage is something we’re not getting elsewhere."
Richard Bleiler, University of Connecticut

Content highlights

  • Fully-searchable access to a broad range of 190 scholarly books hand chosen by our exemplary Editorial Advisory Board. The extensive list includes primary texts, research monographs, companions and more from Bloomsbury and other top publishers in the field such as IB Tauris, Arc Humanities Press and Amsterdam University Press.
  • The Encyclopedia of the Global Middle Ages, a new and exclusive reference work written by an international group of scholars which combines thematic overviews, regional overviews, object case studies and core case studies.
  • Exceptional visual sources, including newly-digitized and rare incunabula from Senate House Library, high-resolution medieval maps from the British Library, and 1000 images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • A growing selection of study resources curated by major scholars including lesson plans and exclusive primary source commentary articles.
  • An interactive timeline with a global focus, placing image and text content from across the resource within their time and geographical region.

Content updates

To maintain a rigorous academic standard the platform will be updated twice a year with new, cutting-edge research including:

  • Regular updates for the Encyclopedia of the Global Middle Ages with exclusive articles exploring exciting and cutting-edge topics. Upcoming article collections will cover world heritage sites, animals, agriculture and sexuality in the medieval period, as well as overviews of regions such as Oceania, the Korean Kingdom of Silla, and Tang China.
  • New scholarship from Bloomsbury’s Medieval Studies list and other prestige publishing partners with key backlist titles and cutting-edge newly published eBooks.
  • A growing series of exclusive primary source commentary articles, written and peer-reviewed by major scholars, designed to bridge the gap between primary and secondary content in order to introduce students to the context and significance of the platform’s medieval manuscripts, maps and incunabula.
  • Exclusive lesson plans to support instructors and provide well-rounded reading lists for students.
  • Image partnerships with leading museums and galleries.