Further Reading About The Middle Ages

I will note that I have not read/finished every source I’ve listed nor have I alphabetized it. This page is intended to help me track potential sources I may want to read in the future as well as give a jumping-off point for those who want to learn more about the medieval period. This list will be added to in the future.

Entries with an * next to them indicate I have read them in their entirety.

Entries with # next to them indicate I have read them partially.

Primary Sources

#The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

*The Rule of Saint Benedict by Saint Benedict

#The Dialogue on Miracles Vol. I by Caesarius of Heisterbach

#The Dialogue on Miracles Vol. II by Caesarius of Heisterbach

#Bald’s Leechbook (Medicinale Anglicum)

#Ecclesiastical History of the English People (Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum) by Bede

*Chronicle of the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds by Jocelin of Brakelond

*Memoirs by Guibert de Nogent

#The Golden Legend by Jacobus da Varagine

Leechdoms, wortcunning, and starcraft of early England Volume 1

  • Preface. Herbarium of Apuleius. Continued from Dioskorides, etc.Medicina de quadrupedibus of Sextus Placitus all from Brit. mus. ms. Cotton. Vitellius C. III. Leechdoms from fly leaves of mss. Charms (in part)

Leechdoms, wortcunning, and starcraft of early England Volume 2

  •  Læce boc: Leech book, from Brit. mus. ms. Reg. 12. D. XVII. Glossary. Index of propernames.

Leechdoms, wortcunning, and starcraft of early England Volume 3

  • Recipes, from Brit. mus. Harl. 585. Of schools of medicine, Harl. ms. 6258. Prognostics. Starcraft. Charms. Durham glossary of names of plants. Saxon names of plants. Glossary. Index.Names of persons. Historical fragments

*The Monastic Constitutions of Lanfranc by Lanfranc, translated by David Knowles

*Anglo-Saxon Conversations: The Colloquies of Ælfric Bata by Ælfric Bata, edited by Scott Gwara, and translated by David W. Porter

#Leechcraft: Early English Charms, Plant-Lore and Healing by Stephen Pollington

#Medieval Latin Poems of Male Love and Friendship by Thomas Stehling

#Medieval Handbooks of Penance (Records of Western Civilization Series) by John Thomas McNeill and Helena M. Gamer

*Spiritual Friendship by Aelred of Rievaulx, Marsha L. Dutton (Edition), Lawrence C. Braceland (Translation)

Secondary Sources


*Life in the Medieval Cloister by Julie Kerr

*The Middle Ages Unlocked: A Guide to Life in Medieval England, 1050-1300 by Gillian Polack and Katrin Kania

#Magic in the Middle Ages by Richard Kieckhefer

*Demons in the Middle Ages by Juanita Feros Ruys

*Better Than The Sons of Kings: Boys and Monks in the Early Middle Ages by Patricia A. Quinn

Monks & Nuns, Saints & Outcasts edited by Sharon Farmer and Barbara H. Rosenwein

Angelic Monks and Earthly Men by Ludo J.R. Milis

Medieval Monasticism by C.H. Lawrence

The Age of the Cloister: The Story of Monastic Life in the Middle Ages by Christopher Brooke

*Castration and Culture in the Middle Ages by Larissa Tracy

*Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century by John Boswell

*The Kindness of Strangers: The Abandonment of Children in Western Europe from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance by John Boswell

*Popular religion in the Middle Ages: Western Europe, 1000-1300 by Rosalind B. Brooke


*Climbing Ladders: Childhood and Monastic Formation in England, c.950-1200 by Steven George Hodgson

*Taking their place: Benedictine child oblates at eleventh-century Canterbury Cathedral priory by Rebecca King Cerling