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Medieval Studies: Free Web Sources

medieval history, medieval literature, Europe, philosophy, art, religion, manuscripts,

Online Manuscript Catalogues & Guides

New Testament, Evangelist Mark, Walters Manuscript W.525, fol. 56r From Walters Art Museum Illuminated Manuscripts © Public Domain

Collections of Digitised Manuscripts

Individual Digitised Manuscripts & Printed Books

Open Access Research

Search CORA for open access to UCC's scholarly research publications & theses.

What is Open Access (OA)?

Open Access to research aims to provide free, unrestricted online access to scholarly research publications. Traditionally scholarly research has been published in journals where the user, or their institution, pays a fee to access the publication. Learn more by viewing this video:

Finding Open Access Research

Open access publications can be found through internet searches and through other resources which harvest records from repositories and aggregate them for improved searching:

  • RIAN: Ireland's National Database of Research Papers
  • OpenAIRE: European open access publications and data
  • OAIster: search open access collections worldwide
  • BASE: Bielefeld Academic Search Engine 

You can search BASE from here:


Themed Resources

Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies 
Monsoon Winds to the Land of Gold (Primary sources on trading networks and geographic factors relating to the maritime spice trade from Southeast Asia to the Roman Empire and Han China 100 BCE - 100 CE).
Silk Road Narratives (Historical texts and maps from 1st - 17th century CE).

Law & Diplomacy
Avalon Project (Covers law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy and government).
English Medieval Legal Documents 600-1535 CE Wiki  

Online Medieval and Classical Library Browse by author/title/genre/language).
TEAMS Middle English Texts  

Military History
De Re Militari (Sources on medieval and renaissance history).

Guide to Early Church Documents 
Hanover Historical Texts Project: Middle Ages (Crusaders).
Internet Sacred Text Archive  
Islamic Medical Manuscripts  
Primary Source Material in Religion and Politics 
Urban Studies
Florilegium Urbanum (Medieval urban life). 

Epistolae: Medieval Women's Letters (4th - 13th centuries CE).
Monastic Matrix (Women's religious communities 400-1600 CE)