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HIST 301: The Politics of Gender in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Primary Sources
Searchable scans of nearly all existing English books up to the year 1700; this collection now contains over 100,000 of over 125,000 titles listed in Pollard Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640) and Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700) and their revised editions, as well as the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661) collection and the Early English Books Tract Supplement. Dates of Coverage: 1473-1700
Defining Gender provides access to a vast body of original British source material that will enrich the teaching and research experience of those studying history, literature, sociology and education from a gendered perspective. (Dates of coverage: 1450-1940)
Only five major letter collections exist from fifteenth century England. These letter collections and associated manuscripts take the user into the world of medieval family, business, relationships, trade, politics and community.
Monastic Matrix is an ongoing collaborative effort by an international group of scholars of medieval history, religion, history of art, archaeology, religion, and other disciplines, as well as librarians and experts in computer technology. Our goal is to document the participation of Christian women in the religion and society of medieval Europe. In particular, we aim to collect and make available all existing data about Christian religious women in Europe between 400 and 1600 C.E.
The National Library of Scotland's online collection of nearly 1,800 broadsides from 1650 to 1910 covering topics including crime, politics, romance, emigration, humor, tragedy, royalty and superstitions.
Finding primary sources in Summon and OBIS
Many useful primary sources will be collected in print or ebook compilations, with several texts or images on a related topic collected in a single volume. Gender and Sexuality in the Middle Ages is an example of such a source.
Brings primary sources from throughout the medieval world into one collection. Here, the sources used are also derived from various fields - religious foundations, Christian thought, law, chronicles, literature, biology, medicine and science, witchcraft and heresy, Judaism and Islam - and the book's chapters are organized according to these nine areas allowing for comparative examination of different societies and periods of the Middle Ages.
Subjects that are useful for finding primary sources in OBIS and Summon:
Early Works to 1800
Centuries (e.g. 11th century)
Summon indexes the full text of some (but not all) of our print sources. Therefore it can be useful to combine a subject search for subject headings associated with primary sources with a keyword search for more specific concepts. The proximity search can help ensure that multiple concepts are addressed in the same text inside a collection.
To find books where the word city and the word food appear within 100 words of each other, you would use the following search in Summon: