This section provides you with some general resources for studying medieval Europe and its neighbors. Under chapters, you will find more specific organized by chapter and hence, subject.

If you are new to History courses, you might want to start with Understanding Your History Professor. It explains some of the keywords and concepts in History.

These general resources are organized as follows:










There are lots of medieval-oriented blogs. These will get you started:


There might have been more left-handed people in the Middle Ages than today. How do we know? Skeletons.

What makes medievalists laugh? Stuff like this. And this. And this. And this April Fool's joke.

Check out this animated version of the Bayeux Tapestry (an embroidery that tells the story of the Norman conquest of England in 1066).

Interested in re-living the Middle Ages? (Yikes!) If so, the Society for Creative Anachronism is for you.

Medieval maps are amazing, and one of the best is the Hereford map. Here's more information, with some thumbs-nails you can click for spectacular close-ups.

Here's a great hobby: brass rubbing.  You can get started through the Monumental Brass Society (be sure to check out their Picture Library).

Medieval people loved riddles. Try these from the Anglo-Saxon Exeter book.

Every May, thousands of medievalists gather in Kalamazoo, MI for several days of lectures, talks, concerts, and general fun, all sponsored by the Medieval Institute at the Western Michigan University. One highlight is The Dance, where students and professors display various degrees of cool and uncool. More here.

Do you like wood carvings? Check out these lively and sometimes vulgar carvings on "misericords" (shelves on the the undersides of folding seats in churches). Here's a link to a fantastic picture database of misericords.

A project of medievalists at the Central European University in Budapest, this site answers nitty gritty questions about medieval clothing, arms, and jewelry. Here's another site that has some interesting links about ordinary facts.

The latest medieval news is always entertaining.

Sheela Na Gigs. Definitely not your mother's Middle Ages. The most famous is at Kilpeck, near the Welsh-English border--scroll down the left-hand side of the website to find its link.

Try your hand at reading medieval handwriting.

History of the fork. Why not?

Medieval Name Generator. Truly silly, but if you need a name for gaming, this is the site for you.

World Cup, Medieval Style. A history of football (that is, soccer) from 1175 to 1815.

Tom Wujec demos the astrolabe--how to understand the universe, medieval-style.

The Tolkien Professor. Yes, Tolkien was a medievalist, and here's a medievalist's take on Tolkien.

Feeling romantic? Here's the first Valentine in English.

Video Art in a Medieval Abbey.

Is your dean a medievalist? This explains why.

Some of the world's greatest doors are medieval ones.

World's Oldest Soccer ball.

Here's an amusing film of modern people re-enacting medieval peasants (based on illustrations in the famous Luttrell Psalter).

Buried Treasure!

Ryan Gosling Wants to Discuss Medieval History with you.

Ouch! Complaints of Medieval Scribes.

Medieval myth-busting from

Snowball Fight!

Nostalgia for the 960s (courtesy of The Onion)

Lay Investiture Swings

Medieval Advice on How to Treat New Students

Dr Who Bayeux Tapestry

Medieval Graffiti

Crossword Puzzle

Buzzfeed: 44 Medieval Beasts that Cannot Even Handle It Right Now

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Medieval-Style

Make a sign or card in the mode of the Bayeux Tapestry

Medieval Doo-wop: Why Isn't Rome in the Holy Roman Empire?




These listings are works-in-progress.  They are highly selective and aimed at the practical needs of students and teachers.  If you have suggestions, please send them to Judith Bennett.