Middle Ages

Why study the Middle Ages?  According to Kent Emery, jr., “[a]rtistic expression, in the strict sense, ‘perfects nature,’ liberates the human spirit from the ‘bare necessities’ of its animal and cultural existence, and, moreover, shows ‘disdain’ for them.  So delicate table manners, extravagant fashion, unfunctional  architecture, contrived landscapes and gardens, conceited, indirect, and musical speech, ritualized battle, and ‘refined love’ transform and flaunt the need to eat, wear garments, erect shelters, raise crops, communicate, inflict violence, marry and procreate.  The allure of such images and the freedom they signify, as well as the contradictions they entail, were perceived more acutely amidst the physical and cultural realities of medieval life than they are in our own time” (Foreword, in: Margaret Porette, The Mirror of Simple Souls.  Trans. by J. C. Marler and Judith Grant [Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1999], xii-xiii).

I might want to add that during the Middle Ages the barrier between physical reality and the transcendental was not as strong as today, and most medieval poets, painters, musicians, and other artists had easier access to the ineffable and mystical than today.  This makes their works so meaningful for us in the 21st century.  – A.C.

Address List of Germanists (not quite up-to-date)

Aldo Scaglione, Knights at Court (1991)

Apollonius

Arts

Aucassin et N

Book Reviews

Carmina Burana

Castles

Catalogues

Chaucer

Chretien de Troyes

Christine de Pizan

Church

Dietrich v.d.Gletze

Encyclopedia

Everyday Life

Fabliaux

Flore and Blanche

Fundamentals 2

General Introduction (tools, terms, tips, etc.)

Georgetown Medieval Labyrinth

German lit. links

Germanists in North America (newsletter)

Gottfried von S

Grotefend (medieval time tables etc.)

Handbook

Hartmann vA

Herzog Ernst

Hildebrandslied

History

Hrosvita of G

Illustrations

Information Resources (addresses, conferences, journals, organizations, grants, libraries online, etc.)

Introductory on-line Bibliography (WEMSK)

Jews1    Jews 2

Jews 3 (extensive, both past and present, with audio and video material)

Johann v. Tepl

Juan Ruiz

Konrad v. Wb

 Literature

Love in Lit./Arts

Love, Marriage

Mai und Beaflor.1

Manuscripts

Maps

Marie de France

Marriage

Medieval Sourcebook (Fordham Univ.)

Mediaevistik (interdisciplinary journal)

The Middle Ages – Introductory Essay by Albrecht Classen

Moriz von Craun

Music

Mythology

Nibelungenlied

O’Brien Webpage (with many links)

On-line Resources

Oswald v. W.

Other Links and Resources (Debora Schwarz’ homepage)

Paris

People

Philosophy

Recording MHG

References

Roland

Rolevinck

The Seven Liberal Arts

SGGKnight

Society

Spain

Spring poems

Summer 2003 Medieval Travel Course (new!)

Teichner

Video on Medieval Manuscript Technology – hilarious

Violence

Walther v.d. Vw

Weapons/War

Why History I | Why History II

Wittenwiler

Winter Poetry

Wolfram v.Eschenbach

Women

Zeitschriftenliteratur (including festschriften and doctoral diss.)