Yes, yes, it is hard to begin. Here's a glimpse of how hard it was in 1495 (at Leipzig University):

"Each and every one attached to this university is forbidden to offend with insult, torment, harass, drench with water or urine, throw on or defile with dust or any filth, mock by whistling, cry at them with a terrifying voice, or dare to molest in any way whatsoever physically or severely, any, who are called freshmen, in the market, streets, courts, colleges and living houses, or any place whatsoever, and particularly in the present college, when they have entered in order to matriculate or are leaving after matriculation."



Thanks for visiting. You'll find lots of useful resources here, as well as stuff that is just plain fun. My personal favorite is Amusing Links and Other Medieval Pleasures.

But maybe you don't want to be amused: you want fast and solid help. Fair enough. Start with my advice on How to Read the Textbook. Then, use the Chapters link to reach each chapter's webpage. These two tactics will help you read smarter and faster.

Judith M. Bennett
(University of Southern California)


The tabs above (top right) take you to the main sections of the website. In addition, be sure to check out these shorter sections:


Even if you are not reading Medieval Europe: A Short History, this website still has lots to offer. I suggest that you start with General Resources and Chapters.

If you are an instructor and would like to order an examination copy of the textbook, start here.

McGraw-Hill hosts a separate website for this textbook. It offers suggestions for teachers and sample tests for students.


Many thanks to Kristen Geaman, Janelle Werner, and Joshua Westgard for their good advice at the beginning.