The Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages: Two Volume Set

By André Vauchez (editor)

The authoritative guide for scholars and research libraries to the period from the 5th century to the 15th, offering a wealth of information.

ISBN: 9780227679319


A major work of reference for scholars and libraries, The Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages offers a wealth of information available from no other single source, and providing precise and concise information on all aspects of the Middle Ages. The Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages is a tool of great value, a synthesis of knowledge covering the millennium from the fifth century to the fifteenth.

Cultural, religious, intellectual, social and political history are all covered, and while the main concentration is on Europe and Christendom, the rise of Islam and the Arabs, and of other cultures with which Europeans came into contact is also extensively treated.

Art and architecture (including the building of the great cathedrals), the growth of universities, developments in law and scientific discoveries are all treated in the same depth as political history. Archaeological, geographical, historical, linguistic, philosophical and theological topics receive full treatment. Biographies of monarchs, bishops and major intellectual figures are included, as are descriptions of varying lengths of major ideas and beliefs.

Translated into English by Adrian Walford, the Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages is the work of a team of over 600 scholars from more than forty nationalities. It contains over 3,000 articles, ranging from a few sentences to 10,000 word essays, and more than 600 illustrations, many in colour, and is thoroughly indexed. Substantial bibliographies attached to each entry provide access to fuller information. The Encyclopedia makes the great treasure house of knowledge of the medieval world easily accessible and the user, whether a scholar or merely an interested reader, will find the book an essential but easily accessible resource.

It is designed as a companion to the Encyclopedia of the Early Church, edited by Angelo di Berardino and published in 1992.

The Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages will be an essential reference work for all major libraries, and for specialist collections dealing with any aspect of the Middle Ages.

Published in conjunction with Citta Nuova (Italy) and Editions du Cerf (France).

Additional information

Dimensions 276 × 219 mm
Pages 1656

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About the Author

André Vauchez is Director of the French School in Rome.


Volume I
List of Maps
Publisher’s Note
Preface to English Edition
Table of Bibliographical Abbreviations
Entries A-J

Volume II
Entries K-Z
Tables of Monarchs etc
List of Contributors
Picture Credits


Endorsements and Reviews

The editors of The Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages are to be congratulated for producing an exemplary work, which provides instant access to the most advanced medieval scholarship. For those with no specialist knowledge of the period, the Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages represents a virtual library in its own right. And for amateur enthusiasts and the most demanding of specialists alike, this great work provides a sure and copious guide to almost every aspect of the thousand years which created Europe.
Literary Review

This encyclopedia is a model of how enterprises of this kind should be carried out. The page layout is clear. The clarity of editorial decision making is unimpeachable. The range of subjects covered makes the whole thing endlessly rewarding.
Medieval Life

Attractive, handsomely produced and useful.
Jeremy Black, in Ecclesiastical History

Ranks a major achievement of international publishing and will be welcomed by all interested in medieval history, art, religion, and literature.
International Review of Biblical Studies

The coverage of this work is very impressive with 3,200 articles covering an enormous range of subjects and individuals. This encyclopedia will be a major source for anyone with an interest in medieval studies and is the sort of reference work that should feature in any scholarly library.
Richard Copsey, Carmelites Friars

The coverage of intellectual history is excellent. … Some of the general articles are particularly well done and useful to the non-specialist who does not know where to begin. … The bibliographical apparatus is outstandingly useful.
J. Campbell, in The English Historical Review, Vol 119, No 480