The Internet History Sourcebooks Project comprises the three main chronologically ordered websites - on Ancient, Medieval and Modern History - and, in addition, a number of subsidiary themed pages. The Project seeks present original source texts in a context that lends itself to educational use. As a result, it has become one of t the most widely used historical text resource on the Internet - the Medieval Sourcebook alone is used as an online textbook in over seventy college courses.
A number of people have contributed to this project, and they are list below.
- Contributing Editors are those people who who have sought out, selected, and transferred to etext a variety of sources, and have made important suggestions towards the development of the Project.
- Contributors have donated individual texts or translations in a specific area.
- Jerome S. Arkenberg, Cal. State Fullerton, [firstname.lastname@example.org] Scanning and input of hundreds of texts in the Medieval, as well the Modern and Ancient History Sourcebooks.
Contributors: Medieval Sourcebook
- Richard Barton [email@example.com] Translations of:
- The Cathedral Chapter of Chartres: The Riot of 1210, trans. Richard Barton
The circumstances of the Chartres Riot of 1210 described from the viewpoint of the Cathedral chapter. It provides clear insight into urban social tensions, and also sheds light on elements of liturgical procedure (particularly the liturgy of excommunication), on the cult of the Virgin, and on the increasing competency of the French crown in judicial matters.
- Three Disputes involving the Cathedral Chapter of Notre-Dame of Chartres, 1215-1224
- Henry III: Documents of the Church of Salisbury in the Early 13th Century
- The Register of Roger Martival, Bishop of Salisbury, 1315-1330
Texts from the Register of Roger Martivall, Bishop of Salisbury. The last one, in particular, is of interest, as it is concerned with criminous clerks and clerical status.
- Philip II Augustus: Suppression of Etampes Commune, 1199-1200
- Charters relating to Judicial Duels, 11th - 12th Century
- Duel between Engelardus and the monks of Saint-Serge of Angers, c.1100
- Abbots Daibert and Otbrannus prevent a battle between their monks, 27 and 28 April, 1064
- Trouble between St Martin of Tours and Holy Cross of Talmont leads to a judicial battle, 1098
- Abbot Robert of Mont-Saint-Michel seeks the right to determine where duels are held.
- Gesta Arnaldi: The Deeds of Bishop Arnald of Le Mans and the Le Mans Commune, 1065-1081,
From a compilation known as the Acts of the Bishops Living in the City of Le Mans, from a period when Maine was the object of a lengthy power struggle between Normandy and Anjou.The text also also provides the most detailed evidence for one of the earliest French communes - that of Le Mans in 1070.
- Robert Blackmon. firstname.lastname@example.org,Scanning and proofing of
- The Golden Legend or Lives of the Saints. Compiled by Jacobus de Voragine, Archbishop of Genoa, 1275. First Edition Published 1470. Englished by William Caxton, First Edition 1483, Edited by F.S. Ellis, Temple Classics, 1900 (Reprinted 1922, 1931.)
- David Burr, Virginia Tech [email@example.com]. See his home page. Translations of the following texts
- Anselm - God
- Aquinas - God
- Aquinas - Law
- St. Bernard: Apology [d.1153]
- Documents on Francis of Assisi - Testament, Lives, Rule
- Documents on Heresy
- Orderic Vitalis
- Fredric L. Cheyette of Amherst, [FLCHEYETTE@amherst.edu] Translation of
- The Hundred Years War in the High Court of Parlement
- Kenneth Cutler [firstname.lastname@example.org] See his homepage. Translation of
- Abbo of Fleury: The Martyrdom of St. Edmund, King of East Anglia, 870
- Simon Doubleday [hissrd@Mail1.Hofstra.edu], Translation of
- A Late-Medieval Spanish Nobleman: Don Juan Pacheco, Master of the Order of Santiago (1419-1474), with original notes, from Fernando del Pulgar, Claros Varones de Castilla, ed. Robert Brian Tate (Oxford, 1971), pp. 29-33.
- Jean Dunbabin. For Permission to mount the translation of:
- Abbot Suger: Life of King Louis the Fat
- Dawn Marie Hayes [email@example.com] Translation of
- Edward Grim: The Murder of Becket, Dec. 29, 1170 from Vita S. Thomae, Cantuariensis Archepiscopi et Martyris
- Paul Hyams of Cornell University. See his Home Page. Translations of the following texts
- The Strange Story of Thomas of Elderfield 13th Century
- Agreement between Count William V of Aquitaine and Hugh IV of Lusignan
- A Husband's Endowment Of His Future Wife On Their Betrothal - Southern Burgundy, 994
- Council Legislation on Marriage
- Gratian on Marriage
- Manorial Marriage and Sexual Offense Cases
- The Crow of the Bestiaries
- Sale of Daughter as a Concubine
- Wife Sues to Get Husband Back
- Church Courts Pursue Adulterers, 1289
- Robert of Flamborough: Summa Confessorum - on Luxuria
- Constance of Brittany and Gerald of Wales on Louis VII of France
- Ernoul: The Battle of Hattin, 1187
- Concord made between Laurence the Clerk, Son of William & Sir Simon, son of Richard of Stanstead and their kinsmen, c. 1150 x 1178.
- John of Ibelin: Account of a Plea, 1198, The earliest documented instance of an appeal to the Assise sur la ligece.
- Holly Ingraham [firstname.lastname@example.org ]. For input of the following
- The Monk of Saint Gall: The Life of Charlemagne, c. 883/4 full text.
- Elka Klein [email@example.com] Translation of:
- Barcelona Jewish Court Documents: A Daughter's Inheritance, 1293,
- Barcelona Jewish Court Documents: A Jewish Widow and her Daughter, 1261-1262
- Jewish Community of Barcelona: The Book of Document Forms, 13th century
- Converts to Judaism: France and Germany
- Royal Grants to the Jewish Community of Barcelona, 1241-1271
- Reciting the Grace after Meals: The Status of Jewish Women, from Berakhot, chap. 7
- Jewish Views of Royal Monetary Policy in Aragon, 13th Century
- A Business Partnership between a Jew and Christian in Barcelona, 1235-1242 CE
Documents on exploitation of royal mills by Jews and Christians in Barcelona.
- Jews and Christians in Teruel: The Fuero of Teruel, 1176 CE
Excerpts from the Fuero, or urban ordinance.
- Elka Klein [firstname.lastname@example.org] Scanning of:
- Gerald of Wales: A Witty Jew, c. 1185
- Richard I of England: Charter by Which Many Liberties are Granted and Confirmed to the Jews, 22 March, 1190
- A Rabbinic Responsum: The Shabbat Goy
- English Jewry is Organised: The Ordinances of the Jews, 1194
- Peter of Blois: Against the Perfidy of the Jews , before 1198
- The Abbey of St. Edmunds and the Jews, 1173-1182
- King John of England and the Jews: Charters, c.1201
- From the Dialogue of the Exchequer: On Usury, c.1170
- Appointment of an Archpriest of the Jews in England, July 1199
- Contact between English Jews and Christians: Two Twelfth-century Views
- Gilbert Crispin: Disputation of a Jew with a Christian about the Christian Faith, before 1096
- An Israelite Bishop without Guile, c. 1168
- Gerald of Wales: Two Cistercian Monks turn Jews, before 1200
- Anselm of Canterbury: How to Treat a Convert, before 1100
- Gerald of Wales: Barnacle Geese Should Convince the Jew of the Immaculate Conception, 1188
- Judah Ha-Levi (ca 1075-1141): The Kuzari, also known as The Book of Argument and Proof in Defense of the Despised Faith (Kitab al Khazari).
The entire first book of the Kuzari, a philosophical treatise written by the Spanish Jewish philosopher and poet, Judah Ha-Levi. It is written in the form of a dialogue, purportedly between the king of the Khazars and the representatives of various belief systems, culminating with a rabbi.
- Ordinance of the Jews of the Crown of Aragon, 1354 CE
This ordinance or takkanah was the product of an increased sense of Jewish vulnerability in the years after the Black Death (1348).
- Synod of Castilian Jews, 1432
Ordinances from assembly of the Jews of the kingdom of Castile at Valladolid in 1432.
- Nikos Koukounas [email@example.com] Translation of:
- Theodoros Skoutariotes: from the Synopsis Chronika: The Emperors of the 11th Century
- Steve Lane [firstname.lastname@example.org] Translation of:
- Wendy Lewis. [email@example.com] Translation of
- C. Liang [ firstname.lastname@example.org ]. For input and HTML of the following
- Scott Ian McLetchie [email@example.com] Translations of
- The Chronicle of "Benedict of Peterborough": The Murder of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, 29 December 1170
- Peter of Blois: Description of Henry II [Letter no. 66: to Walter, archbishop of Palermo, 1177)]
- The Chronicle of "Benedict of Peterborough": The Death of King Henry II, 1189
- Gerald of Wales: The Death of King Henry II, from the Life of Archbishop Geoffrey of York
- Gerald of Wales: The Discovery of the Tomb of King Arthur, from On the Instruction of a Prince (De Instructione Principis), c. 1223
- Gerald of Wales: The Conquest of Ireland, Book I, Chapter 46: Description of Henry II, king of the English.
- Scott Ian McLetchie [firstname.lastname@example.org]. For input of the following:
- Roger of Hoveden: The Revolt of 1173-74, from The Chronicle
- Roger of Hoveden: The Revolt and Death of the Young King, 1183, from The Chronicle
- Gerald of Wales: On Henry II and his sons, from The Topography of Ireland, Chapters 49-50
- Gerald of Wales: Death of King Henry II and comments on the Angevin Family, from De Instructione Principis (On the Instruction of a Prince)
- Roger of Hoveden: The Last Days and Death of Henry II, 1189, from The Chronicle
- John of Salisbury: Policraticus IV.1-4: On Princes and Tyrants
- John of Salisbury: Policraticus, Book VI, chapter 24
- Selections from the Bible on Marriage
- St Augustine: On Marriage and Concupiscence, excerpts.
A crucial text for understanding why marriage was such a problem for medieval canonists and theologians.
- St Jerome (c. 320-420): On Marriage and Virginity, From Letter XXII to Eustochium and from the treatise Against Jovinian
- St Jerome (c. 320-420): On The Song of Songs, From the treatise Against Jovinian
- Roger of Hoveden: The Chronicle: On the Disputes between Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury and King Henry II of England, early 13th c.
All the material from this chronicle relevant to the Becket matter; Roger quotes many letters written by those closely involved in the dispute, including Thomas himself.
- Gervase of Canterbury, d. 1205: Thomas Becket's Life, from History of the Archbishops of Canterbury
A precis of Thomas' career taken from Gervase's History of the Archbishops of Canterbury
- Gervase of Canterbury, d. 1205: Thomas Becket's Death
Description of the martyrdom from the same work.
- William of Newburgh: Becket and Henry, selections from Book II of his History, c. 1200
Three chapters concerning Becket's career, the murder, and Henry II's penance at the tomb in 1174.
- Brendan McManus, [email@example.com]. Translation of
- Oldradus de Ponte: No. 35 (Questio), early 14th century.
The issue here is the validity of a marriage contract made under duress. A woman was kidnapped, held captive and raped over a period of twelve days. During that time, the villain compelled the woman to pronounce the words of a marriage ceremony, after which he endeavored to consummate the marriage.
- Oldradus de Ponte: No. 92 (Questio), early 14th century.
The here was the responsibility of a knight who had been entrusted with a castle while a war was going on. That knight gave custody of the castle to someone else who then lost it to the enemy. Was the original knight liable for the castle's loss? What is the responsibility of someone who undertakes to keep something safe for someone else?
- Jo Ann McNamara [firstname.lastname@example.org] Translation of:
- M. Markowski [M-Markow@wcslc.edu] Translation of:
- Robert T. Miller. [email@example.com] Translation of:
- John C. Moore of Hofstra University. [HISJCM@vaxc.hofstra.edu]. Translation of:
- Tony Devaney Morinelli. [firstname.lastname@example.org]. Translation of:
- William North [NorthW@doaks.org or email@example.com]. Translation of
- Agobard of Lyons: On the Division of the Empire (to Louis the Pious) c. 830
- Agobard of Lyon: On the Insolence of the Jews To Louis the Pious, 826/827
- Agobard of Lyon: On the Baptism of Slaves Belonging to Jews (to Adalard, Wala, and Helisachar)
- Agobard of Lyon: On Injustices to Mathfrid, c. 822-February 828
- Pope Nicholas I: Responses to the Questions of the Bulgars A.D. 866 (Letter 99)
- Bruno of Segni: A Pamphlet on Simoniacs, late 11th Century.
- The Life of Burchard Bishop of Worms, 1025
- Fulk, Prior of Deuil: Letter to Peter Abelard, (Epistola XIV), 11th century.
A letter to Abelard after his castration.
- Maureen O'Brien [ firstname.lastname@example.org ]. Translations of:
- Hanna Witte Orr. [ email@example.com ]. For input of the following
- Michael Psellus (1018-after 1078): Chronographia, full text
- Miss MariLi Pooler, Brooklyn NY , [firstname.lastname@example.org]. For input of the following
- Heloise: Letter to Abelard, trans. C.K. Scott Moncrief.
- Alexander Pyle, Colorado State University, [email@example.com]. For input and HTML of the following
- Karen Rosenstiel [ firstname.lastname@example.org ] For input of
- Transcript of Trial of Joan of Arc, full text
- Seth Seyfried of the University of Utah. See his Home Page. For input and HTML of the following
- Life of St. Columba
- The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle on Alfred the Great
- Asser's Life of King Alfred
- The Chronicle of Ethelwerd
- Henry I: Charter of Liberties, 1100
- Constitutions of Clarendon 1164
- Assize of Clarendon 1166
- Inquest of Sherifs 1170
- Magna Carta 1215
- Confirmation of Charters 1297
- Ordinance of Laborers, 1349
- Statute of Laborers, 1351
- Select Pleas of the Crown, 1200-1225--Cornish Eyre
- Select Pleas in Manorial and Other Seignorial Courts, Reigns of Henry III and Edward III--Manor of Brightwaltham
- Select Pleas of the Crown, 1200-1225--Lincolnshire Eyre
- Select Pleas of the Crown, 1200-1225--Northamptonshire Eyre
- Select Pleas of the Crown, 1200-1225--Bedfordshire Eyre
- Select Pleas of the Crown, 1200-1225--Staffordshire Eyre
- Select Pleas of the Crown, 1200-1225--Shropshire Eyre
- Select Pleas in Manorial and Other Seignorial Courts, Reigns of Henry III and Edward I -- Manors of the Abbey of Bec, A.D. 1247
- Select Pleas in Manorial and Other Seignorial Courts, Reigns of Henry III and Edward I -- Manors of the Abbey of Bec, A.D. 1248
- Select Pleas in Manorial and Other Seignorial Courts, Reigns of Henry III and Edward I -- Manors of the Abbey of Bec, A.D. 1249,
- Select Pleas in Manorial and Other Seignorial Courts, Reigns of Henry III and Edward I -- Manors of the Abbey of Bec, A.D. 1275
- Select Pleas in Manorial and Other Seignorial Courts, Reigns of Henry III and Edward I -- Manors of the Abbey of Bec, A.D. 1280
- Stephen J. Shoemaker [email@example.com ] [HTML] and Gabriel Caswell [Scanning] of Florida State University [ home page at http://mailer.fsu.edu/~sshoemak/ ]
- John of Damascus: Apologia Against Those Who Decry Holy Images, full text,
- John of Damascus: Three Sermons on the Dormition (koimhsiV) of the Virgin, full text
- Mario Spagnuolo, [ firstname.lastname@example.org ] Translation of
- Frederick II: Lictere Generales, establishing the University of Naples, trans. Mario Spagnuolo, 1224
- Mike Tanksley of Johns Hopkins Univ, [email@example.com] for the input of:-
- Guillame de Tyr (William of Tyre) (c.1130- 1190): Historia rerum in partibus transmarinis gestarum [History of Deeds Done Beyond the Sea], full text of Old French version (13th century)
- Cynthia Whidden Green. Translation of:
- Jocelyn, a monk of Furness: The Life of Kentigern (Mungo),
With here thesis, Saint Kentigern, Apostle to Strathclyde: A critical analysis of a northern saint
- Michelle Ziegler [ MichelleZi@aol.com ] and Early Medieval Resources for Britain, Ireland and Brittany. Preparation of:
Contributors: Other Sourcebooks
- John Coker <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Scanning of:
- Diogenes Laėrtius: The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers
Book VI: The Cynics [Antisthenes, Diogenes, Monimus, Onesicritus,
Crates, Metrocles, Hipparchia, Menippus, Menedemus.][At this
- Diogenes Laėrtius: The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers:
Book VII: The Stoics [Zeno, Ariston, Herillus, Dionysius, Cleanthes,
Sphaerus, Chrysippus] [At this Site]
- Diogenes Laėrtius: The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers
The Sceptics: Life of Pyrrho [At this Site]
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