The two-volume Brill's Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages offers an accessible yet engaging coverage of medieval European history and culture, c. 500-c. 1500, in a series of themed articles, taking an interdisciplinary and comparative approach. Presenting a broad range of topics current in research, the encyclopedia is dedicated to all aspects of medieval life, organized in eight sections: Society; Faith and Knowledge; Literature; Fine Arts and Music; Economy; Technology; Living Environments and Conditions; and Constitutive Historical Events and Regions. This thematic structure makes the encyclopedia a true reference work for Medieval Studies as a whole. It is accessible and concise enough for quick reference, while also providing a solid grounding in a new topic with a good level of detail, since many of its articles are longer than traditional encyclopedia entries. The encyclopedia is supported by an extensive bibliography, updated with the most recent works and adapted to suit the needs of an Anglophone audience.
Brill's Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages is a unique work, and invaluable equally for research and for teaching. Anyone interested in the art, architecture, economy, history, language, law, literature, music, religion, or science of the Middle Ages, will find the encyclopedia an indispensable resource.
This is an English translation of the second edition (2013) of the well-known German-language Enzyklopädie des Mittelalters, published by Primus Verlag / Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft.
Gert Melville, Ph.D. (1971), Habilitation (1983), is Senior Professor of Medieval History at the University of Dresden, Germany, and Director of FOVOG, working on medieval monasticism, history of institutions and medieval historiography. He recently published The World of Medieval Monasticism: Its History and Forms of Life (Cistercian Publications, 2016).
Martial Staub, Ph.D. (1997), Habilitation (2003), is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Sheffield, UK, working on medieval urban history, the Church, exile and intellectual history. He co-edited The Making of Medieval History (Boydell and Brewer, 2016).
"This resource provides a structured overview of western Europe in the Middle Ages. Eight larger sections are divided between the two volumes... The articles are arranged within these larger clusters with different levels of coverage from most general to most specific. The set begins with a preface by the editors and an introduction and concludes with an extensive bibliography, a list of contributors, and a separate alphabetical list of authors. The sections of the bibliography are organized in the same order as the contributions. Most entries are concise but informative, and the topics covered range widely.
Summing up: Recommended."
– T. M. Izbicki, in: CHOICE 54/10 (2017)
"The editors and contributing authors have succeeded in producing a user-friendly and easy-to-navigate resource that serves not merely as a reference work in the traditional sense, but also as an up-to-date review of scholarly discourse in the interdisciplinary field of Medieval Studies... Brill’s Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages offers a commendable reference work that convinces through both the quality of its contents and its innovative structure and approach. The contributions are authored by well-established scholars who are recognised internationally as leading experts in their respective fields.. the Encyclopedia offers an impressive collection of thematic studies exploring the European Middle Ages that covers a wide range of important perspectives."
- Benjamin Pohl, in: Plekos 19 (2017)
Anyone interested in the architecture, art, economy, history, language, law, literature, music, religion, or science of the Middle Ages