Chapter 11: Literature, Art, and Thought, c. 1000-1300


Medicine, Diagnosis and Treatment in the Middle Ages

How an Illuminated Manuscript was Made (video)

Amiens Cathedral

The Astrolabe

Camelot Project


Galician-Portuguese Medieval Songs

Gothic Architecture

Images of Medieval Art and ArchitectureDon't miss its illustrated glossary.

Medieval Architecture

Medieval Bestiary

Online Medieval and Classical Library

Medieval Music & Arts Foundation

Roman de la Rose manuscript at British Library

Romanesque Architecture

Stained Glass


Walters Art Museum.


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Robert Bartlett, The Natural and Supernatural in the Middle Ages (2008). Based on lectures, Bartlett's discussion is brief, readable, and erudite.

M. T. Clanchy, Abelard: A Medieval Life (1997). An outstanding new study. See also Constant J. Mews, The Lost Love Letters of Heloise and Abelard (1999).

Nicola Coldstream, Medieval Architecture (2002). A new, lavishly illustrated, and strongly written synthesis.

Marcia Colish, Medieval Foundations of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 400–1400 (1997). An excellent new survey. See also B. B. Price, Medieval Thought: An Introduction (1992).

Alain Erlande-Brandenburg, The Cathedral: The Social and Architectural Dynamics of Construction (1994).  See also Robert A. Scott, The Gothic Enterprise: A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral (2003).

Edward Grant, The Foundations of Modern Science in the Middle Ages (1996). A new and comprehensive survey.

Jacques Le Goff, Intellectuals in the Middle Ages (1993). Argues cogently for the emergence of a new, intellectual class toward the beginning of the High Middle Ages. See also John W. Baldwin, The Scholastic Culture of the Middle Ages 1000–1300 (1971), and Anders Piltz, The World of Medieval Learning (1981).

Carl Lindahl et al., eds.,  Medieval Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Myths, Legends, Tales, Beliefs, and Customs, 2 volumes (2000).

Christopher Page, The Christian West and its Singers: The First Thousand Years (2010). Focused on ecclesiastical music.

James A. Schultz, Courtly Love, The Love of Courtliness, and the History of Sexuality (2006).  See also John W. Baldwin, The Language of Sex: Five Voices from Northern France around 1200 (1994); Linda Paterson, The World of the Troubadours: Medieval Occitan Society, c. 1100– c. 1300 (1995); and R. Howard Bloch, Medieval Misogyny and the Invention of Western Romantic Love (1991).

Veronica Sekules, Medieval Art (2001). A succinct and well-illustrated introduction.  See also Janetta Rebold Benton, Art of the Middle Ages (2002).

Nancy Siraisi, Medieval and Early Renaissance Medicine: An Introduction to Knowledge and Practice (1990). A good introduction to an expanding research field.

Colette Sirat, A History of Jewish Philosophy in the Middle Ages (1990). This learned and comprehensive account is the best work on the subject.



Abelard and Heloise, The Letters and Other Writings, trans. William Levitan (2007).  A new translation.  See also the earlier edition by Betty Radice, rev. by Michael Clanchy, The Letters of Abelard and Heloise (2003).

R. Graeme Dunphy, ed., History as Literature: German World Chronicles of the Thirteenth Century in Verse (2003).

Faith Wallis, ed. Medieval Medicine: A Reader (2010). 


These listings are works-in-progress.  They are highly selective and aimed at the practical needs of students and teachers.  If you have suggestions, please send them to Judith Bennett.