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Glossary of Medieval Terms

This glossary in its various incarnations is one of the unique, collaborative creations of the internet.

Historical Manuscripts Commission
Our primary purpose is to provide information about the existence, location and nature of manuscripts and records for the study of British history. We also give advice on matters relating to their preservation, care, cataloguing and accessibility for research. Established by Royal Warrant in 1869, we have become the UKs principal source of information in this area, and a leading source of expert and independent advice on archival matters.

Internet Medieval Sourcebook
organized as three main index pages, with a number of supplementary documents. Historians teaching medieval history surveys almost always want to combine a textbook, a sourcebook, and additional readings. Textbooks, as an ever-evolving form, are probably worth the cost, but sourcebooks are often unnecessarily expensive. Unlike some modern history texts, the sources used for medieval history have been around a long time. Very many were translated in the 19th century, and, as a rapid review of any commercial source book will show, it is these 19th century translations which make up the bulk of the texts.

The Doomesday Book Online
This site has been set up to enable visitors to find out the history of the Domesday Book and to give an insight into life at the time of its compilation. This site does not contain all the information contained in the original text, however does include a list of every settlement existing in 1086. The Domesday book was commisioned in December 1085 by William the Conqueror, who invaded England in 1066. The first draft was completed in August 1086 and contained records for 13,418 settlements in the English counties south of the rivers Ribble and Tees (the border with Scotland at the time).

The Lives of Medieval Women
They were wives and writers, lovers and soldiers, mothers and midwives, scientists and traders. The day-to-day lives of medieval women of all classes and callings are often glossed over in modern history courses in favor of sequences of events. Not so here. This is the City of Women.

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