Chapter 14: Diversity and Dynamism in Late Medieval Culture, c. 1300-1500


Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (in modern English)

Christine de Pizan

Geoffrey Chaucer Website

Gothic Architecture

Medieval Theatre

Middle English Literature

Online Medieval and Classical Library

Renaissance Art


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Anthony Black, Political Thought in Europe, 1250–1450 (1992). Brief and authoritative. See also J. H. Burns, Lordship, Kingship, and Empire: The Idea of Monarchy 1400–1525 (1992).

Jody Enders, Death by Drama and other Medieval Urban Legends (2002).  A highly readable and reliable study of late medieval French drama.

Denys Hay and John Law, Italy in the Age of the Renaissance 1380–1530 (1989). An introductory survey of social, political, and cultural history.

John Marenbon, Later Medieval Philosophy (1987).

Charles G. Nauert, Jr., Humanism and the Culture of Renaissance Europe (1995). See also Alison Brown, The Renaissance (2nd edition, 1999); John Hale, The Civilization of Europe in the Renaissance (1994); and Lisa Jardine, Worldly Goods: A New History of the Renaissance (1996).

Richard Wunderli, Peasant Fires: The Drummer of Niklashausen (1992). Written for a general audience, this is the most recent study of Hans Behem.



Peter Elmer, Nick Webb, and Roberta Wood, eds., The Renaissance in Europe: An Anthology (2000). Each text is carefully introduced in this new collection.


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