This new and exclusive major reference work commissioned by Arc Humanities Press takes an inclusive approach to the history of the middle ages. It includes overviews based on specific regional areas as well as thematic overviews of key concepts within their global contexts. Case study articles provide deep dives into how these broader themes can be explored through specific, global examples and, in future platform updates, the encyclopedia will be expanded to include object case studies. The encyclopedia aims to provide readers with scholarly articles by global contributors and specialists in all things Medieval, to bring the Medieval world alive and present how, as today, diversity and connection competed with isolation and conflict during this significant era in global history.
Bloomsbury Medieval Studies features more than 150 eBooks including scholarly monographs, companions and primary texts from four different publishing imprints: Bloomsbury (including Constantinople by Jonathan Harris and Witch Beliefs and Witch Trials in the Middle Ages by PG Maxwell-Stuart), IB Tauris (including The Great Caliphs by Amira Bennison, Dante by Barbara Reynolds, Winter is Coming by Carolyne Larrington and A Short History of the Anglo-Saxons by Henrietta Leyser), Arc Humanities Press (including the ‘Past Imperfect’ series) and Amsterdam University Press. These books are fully indexed and cross searchable by keyword using our custom taxonomy.
Bloomsbury have licensed high-resolution scans of works from some of the most important Medieval writers, from Chaucer and Petrarch, to Langland and Boethius. Covering themes of magic, astronomy, philosophy and more, these illustrated books enable the user to discover each page in exquisite detail and draw informed conclusions about the text.
A collection of 12th-15th century maps have been included within Bloomsbury Medieval Studies. The digitized editions of works by Matthew Paris, Ranulf Higden, Bartholomaeus Anglicus and more, allow users to explore how contemporary cartographers understood the Medieval world.
1000 images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection have been included on the resource. With content ranging from 4th to the 15th century, the Met image collection complements academic research and allows for a more rounded and inclusive understanding of Medieval history. From chalices and tunics, to scrolls and swords, the carefully chosen Met images illustrate the life and history of the Medieval world.
Bloomsbury Medieval Studies features an interactive timeline of over 500 historical events, from the 4th – 15th centuries, based around the platform’s content. Users can click on the images and coloured pins to discover book chapters, encyclopedia articles, images and more, divided into the regions of Africa, Americas & Oceania, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.