Medieval Latin Literature

I. General Bibliographies

II. Serial Bibliographies

III. Bibliographies of Lexical Studies

IV. Full-Text Databases of Medieval Latin Authors and Texts

V. Repertories of Medieval Latin Authors and Texts

VI. Histories and Handbooks

VII. Some Major Periodicals

VIII. Associations

See also the separate bibliography on The Classics in the Middle Ages: Transmission and Influence

I. General Bibliographies

F. A. C. Mantello and A. G. Rigg, Medieval Latin: An Introduction and Bibliographical Guide (Washington, D. C., 1996). The essential comprehensive bibliographical guide to all aspects of Medieval Latin language and literature. The Table of Contents and some chapters can be consulted on Google Books.  Intended as a replacement of Martin R. P. McQuire and Hermigild Dressler, Introduction to Medieval Latin Studies: A Syllabus and Bibliographical Guide, 2nd ed. (Washington, D. C., 1977).

Phillipp Roelli, Einführung ins Studium der lateinischen Sprache und Literatur des Mittelalters, 6th ed. (2011).

Silvia Cantelli Berarducci, “Bibliografia della letteratura mediolatina,” in Lo Spazio letterario del medioevo 1. Il Medioevo latino, vol. V: Cronologia e bibliografia della letteratura mediolatina (Rome, 1997), pp. 281-725. Broad coverage, including general reference works, major sub-disciplines, and named authors (not anonymous texts) up to 1328.

Richard Sharpe, Titulus: Identifying Medieval Latin Texts. An Evidence-Based Approach (Turnhout, 2003). Includes a fully  annotated “Shelf of Reference Books,” pp. 251-301, covering Authors, Texts, Bibliographical Traditions (Continental; England; Religious Orders), and Major Collections of Texts.

Still of value are the following older works:

Karl Strecker, Introduction to Medieval Latin, rev. ed. trans. Robert B. Palmer (Berlin, 1957).

Albert C. Friend, “Medieval Latin Literature,” in John H. Fisher, ed., The Medieval Literature of Western Europe: A Review of Research, Mainly 1930-1960 (New York, 1966), pp. 3-33.

Fred J. Nichols, “Latin Literature,” in The Present State of Scholarship in Fourteenth-Century Literature, ed. Thomas D. Cooke (Columbia, MO, 1982). 

Bibliographies of Classical literature are obviously relevant, but only a few basic resources can be listed here:

Vittorio VolpiDizionario delle opere classiche. Intestazioni uniformi degli autori, elenco delle opere e delle parti componenti, indici degli autori, dei titoli e delle parole chiave della letteratura classica, medievale e bizantina, 3 vols. (Milan, 1994). 

John M. Weeks and Jason de Medeiros, A Research Guide to the Ancient World: Print and Electronic Sources (New York, 2015). 

J. Poucet and J.-M. Hannick, Aux sources de l’Antiquité gréco-romaine: Guide bibliographique (Brussels, 1995).

Keith Hopwood, Ancient Greece and Rome: A Bibliographical Guide (Manchester, 1995). Selective, and includes only items in English.

Graham Whitaker, A Bibliographical Guide to Classical Studies, 4 vols. (Hildesheim, 1997-2003). 

Bibliographie zur römischen Sozialgeschichte, 2 vols. (Stuttgart, 1992-98).

Aufstieg und Niedergang der römischen Welt: Inhaltsverzeichnis mit Autorenregister (Berlin, 1996). Cumulative register of the series contents through 1996.

M. van der Poel, Bibliographia latina selecta

Rassegna degli Strumenti Informatici per lo Studio dell’Antichità Classica

Greg Hays, Medieval Latin: An Introductory Bibliography

Dag Norberg, Manuel practique de latin médiéval

II. Serial Bibliographies

Medioevo Latino. Bolletino della cultura europeagen. ed. Claudio Leonardi (Spoleto, 1980- ).  The chronological coverage has gradually expanded:  from volumes I-XII it was 6th to 13th centuries; from volumes XIII-XV it was 6th to 14th (ca. 1350); from volume XVI it has been 6th to 15th (Boethius to Erasmus).  Included in the database  Mirabile: Digital Archives for Medieval Latin Culture (as “DB mediolatino”), which allows full text, simple and and advanced searches.  Each record will usually supply an abstract and one or more fields linking to reviews and citations; subjects and indices; manuscripts; and external resources. The tutorial page gives a number of sample searches. DB mediolatino is in effect a cumulative bibliography created from the print serial bibliography Medioevo Latino.

Medioevo Latino provides comprehensive coverage of medieval Latin authors and texts and related aspects of medieval culture (but therefore excluding works dealing with vernacular texts unless treating of Latin sources or connections (cf. the section “Rapporti con le culture non latine”, and non-textual subjects such as daily life, archaeology and material culture, and art history (but iconography is covered) or music (but Latin treatises on music will be covered under “autori e testi”). Divided into five major parts: 1. Authors and texts, listed alphabetically; 2. “Fortleben,” on the transmission and influence of the Bible (by book) and of classical and patristic authors in the Middle Ages; 3. Medieval intellectual, literary, and institutional history; 4. Reference works; 5. Miscellaneous collections of essays. 6. Manuscripts from catalogues (alphabetical list of Latin texts indexed in recently published manuscript catalogues; this section will be merged with secion 1 beginning with volume 24). Beginning with vol. 23 there is a new section covering Ancillary disciplines. There are indices of manuscripts, Latin words, localities, and modern scholars. Recent issues include also an alphabetical list of subject headings. The section “Bibliografie” in Part 5 is the best way to locate the most recent bibliographical manuals.

Bibliographie annuelle du moyen âge tardif. Auteurs et textes latins, vers 1250-1500, ed. J.-P. Rothschild (Paris, 1991- ).   Picks up chronologically where the earlier volumes of Medioevo Latino left off.

Gnomon bibliographische Datenbank: Eichstätter Informatinosystem für die classische Wissenschaft  Gnomon Online: The Eichstätt Information System for Classical Studies . Focuses on Classical Philology, Ancient History, and Archaeology. Despite the term “Classical Studies,” Medieval Latin is also covered. A Systematic Thesaurus and Thesaurus Display allow you to browse the database author and subject tags.

L’année philologique. Bibliographie critique et analytique de l’antiquité gréco-latine (Paris, 1928- ). Coverage extends to A.D. 800. The on-line version covers 1959-present.

Archivum Latinitatis Medii Aevi (Bulletin Du Cange) (1924- ).  The section “Chroniques et Comptes-Rendu” regularly includes bibliographical surveys of the year’s scholarship on the Latin of particular regions.

For the Classical period, also consult:

Bulletin analytique d’histoire romaine (1962- ).

Coverage of Classical and Medieval Latin literature is also included in:

The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies (1929/30- ).

Modern Language Association Bibliography

III. Bibliographies of Lexical Studies

Jean Cousin, Bibliographie de la langue latine, 1880-1948 (Paris, 1951).

Fabio Cupaiuolo, Bibliografia della lingua latina (1949-1991) (Naples, 1993).

Otto Hiltbrunner, Bibliographie zur lateinischen Wortforschung (Bern, 1981- ).  Coverage to ca. A.D. 600. 1: A – acutus (1981); 2. Adeo – atrocitas (1984); 3. Atrax – causa (1988); 4. Censeo – cura (1992).

Matilde Conde Salazar and Cristina Martín Puente, Lexicografía y lexicología latinas (1975-1997). Repertorio bibliográfico (Madrid, 1998).  

Viktor Pöschl et al., Bibliographie zur antiken Bildersprache (Heidelberg, 1964).  Has two main sections:  Literatur and Bilder (Images).  The section on Images is divided into a main section on Gestalten und Personifkationen (Figures and Personifications: including both biblical and mythological); and Appendices on Lateinische Ausdrücke (Latin Expressions) and Griechische Ausdrücke (Greek Experessions).  To use the main section you need to know the German word for a given image or vehicle of a metaphor.

Gabriel Sanders and Marc Van Uytfanghe, Bibliographie signalétique du Latin des Chrétiens, Lingua Patrum 1 (Turnhout, 1989).  Includes an index of Latin words.

Hermann Josef Sieben, Voces: Eine Bibliographie zu Wörtern und Begriffen aus der Patristik (1918-1978) (Berlin, 1980).  Bibliography of selected keywords and collocations in patristic Greek and Latin writers.

Aquinata Böckmann, A Bibliography for Students of The Rule of St. Benedict: Vocabula/Terms. Bibliography of key terms from the Rule; the references are not limited to studies focusing on Benedict.

CIVICIMA: Etudes sur le vocabulaire intellectuel du Moyen Age, gen. ed. Olga Weijers (Brepols). Series devoted to the Latin vocabulary of medieval cultural and intellectual institutions.

Etymologies (medieval):

The best reference work for Latin etymologies is Robert Maltby, A Lexicon of Latin Etymologies, ARCA 25 (Leeds, 1991). This is an alphabetical list of Latin words and the etymologies given to them by the major grammarians and encyclopedists from Varro to Isidore of Seville. For onomastica, which Maltby doesn’t include, see below. See also Claudio Marangoni, Supplementum etymologicum latinum, I (Trieste, 2007). It is also worth checking the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae  for relevant citations.

The single most important primary text (“the basic book of the entire Middle Ages,” Curtius) is Isidore’s EtymologiesIsidori Hispanelensis episcopi Etymologiarum sive originum libri XX, ed. W. M. Lindsay, 2 vols. (Oxford, 1911). A better edition, with a facing-page Spanish translation, is San Isidro de Sevilla, Etimologías, ed. José Oroz Reta and Manuel-A. Marcos Casquero, Biblioteca de autores christianos 433 (Madrid, 1982-83). There is a new collaborative edition is appearing book by book under the general editorship of Jacques Fontaine and Yves Lefèvre (Paris, 1981- ) in the series Les Belles Lettres.

English translation:

The Etymologies of Isidore of Seville, trans. Stephen Barney (Cambridge, 2006).

See also the exhaustive bibliography of Isidore by J. N. Hillgarth, “The Position of Isidorian Studies: A Critical Review of the Literature 1936-1975,” Studi medievali 3rd ser. 24 (1983), 817-905, rep. (with original pagination) in his Visigothic Spain, Byzantium and the Irish (London, 1985). 

The standard study is Jacques Fontaine, Isidore de Séville et la culture classique dans l’Espagne wisigothique, Etudes Augustiniennes, 2 vols. (Paris, 1959).

On medieval lexicographical works generally see:

Olga Weijers, “Lexicography in the Middle Ages,” Viator 20 (1989), 139-53. 

Olga Weijers, Dictionnaires et répertoires au Moyen Age: Une étude du vocabulaire (Turnhout, 1991).

Some major medieval lexicographical compendia:

Osborn of Gloucester, Derivationes:

Osberno, Derivazioni, ed. Paola Busraghi et al., 2 vols., Biblioteca di Medioevo Latino 16 (Spoleto, 1996). 

Uguccione da Pisa [Hugutius Pisanus], Magnae derivationes:

Uguccione da Pisa, Derivationes, ed. Enzo Cecchini et al., 2 vols., Edizione Nazionale dei Testi Mediolatini  (Florence, 2004). A-C; Index

See Kaske, Medieval Christian Literary Imagery, pp.

Darko Senekovic, “Ugutius “Magnae derivationes” – über den Erfolg einer lexikographischen Sprachphilosophie,” Archivum latinitatis medii aevi 64 (2006), 245-52. 

For name etymologies, see especially:

Franz Wutz, Onomastica sacra: Untersuchungen zum Liber interpretationis nominum Hebraicarum des heiligen Hieronymus, Texte und Untersuchungen zur Geschichte der altchristlichen Literatur, 41 (Leipzig, 1914-15).

Jerome’s work is now edited by P. de Lagarde, Corpus Christianorum, Series Latina 72 (Turnhout, 1959), 57-161 ; also available in Migne, Patrologia Latina, Vol. 23, cols. 771-858. 

General secondary literature:

E. R. Curtius, “Etymology as a Category of Thought.” in his European Literature and the Latin Middle Ages, trans. W. Trask (Princeton, 1953), pp. 495-500. 

Roswitha Klink, Die lateinische Etymologie des Mittelalters, Medium Ævum 17 (Berlin, 1970).

Mark Amsler, Etymology and Grammatical Discourse in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, Amsterdam Studies in the Theory and History of Linguistic Science, series III vol. 44 (Amsterdam/Philadelphia, 1989).  Includes a very full bibliography.

Paul Michel, “Etymologie als mittelalterliche Linguistik,” in Alexander Schwarz, et al., Alte Texte lesen: Textlinguistische Zugänge zur älteren deutschen Literatur (Bern/Stuttgart, 1988), 207-60.

Ilona Opelt, art. “Etymologie,” in Reallexikon für Antike und Christentum VI, cols. 797-844. 

An important series of articles in the Festschrift for Friedrich Ohly, Verbum et Signum: Beiträge zur mediävistischen Bedeutungsforschung, ed. Hans Fromm et al., 2 vols. (Munich, 1975). : Klaus Grubmüller, “Etymologie als Schlüssel der Welt? Bemerkungen zur Sprachtheorie des Mittelalters” (209-30); Wolfgang Haubrichs, “Veriloquium nominis. Zur Namensexegese im frühen Mittelalter. Nebst einer Hypothese über die Identität des ‘Heliand’-Autors” (231-66); Gudrun Schleusener-Eichholz, “Biblische Namen und ihre Etymologien in ihrer Beziehung zur Allegorese in lateinischen und mittelhochdeutschen Texten” (267-94); Uwe Ruberg, “Verfahren und Funktionen des Etymologisierens in der mittelhochdeutschen Literatur” (295-300); and Willy Sanders, “Die unheile Welt. Zu einer christlichen Etymologie des Mittelalters” (331-40).

For modern dictionaries, grammars, and linguistic studies see, Mantello and Rigg, Medieval Latin, esp. pp. 32-36, Berlioz, Identifier sources, pp. 88-90.  The major dictionaries are:

Thesaurus Linguae Latinae (Leipzig, 1900- ).

Oxford Latin Dictionary, ed. P. G. W. Glare, 2 vols. (Oxford, 2011). 

Lewis and ShortLatin-English Dictionary (Perseus).

A Glossary of Later Latin, comp Alexander Souter (Oxford, 1949). 

Jan Frederik Niermeyer, Mediae Latinitatis lexicon minus, 2nd ed., 2 vols. (Leiden, 2002). The first edition (1984) is searchable on-line via the Acta Sanctorum Database (select “Lexicon”).

Du Cange, Glossarium Ad Scriptores Mediae et Infimae Latinitatis online. Go to “Recherches” and search “Du Cange” under “Auteur.

Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources

Dictionary of Medieval Latin from Celtic Sources

Latinitatis Italicae Medii Aevi Lexicon (saec. V ex. – saec. XI in.), 2nd ed., ed. Franciscus Arnaldi and Paschalis Smiraglia (Florence, 2001).

Lexicon Mediae et Infimae Latinitatis Polonorum

Latinitatis medii aevi lexicon Bohemorum 

Glossarium Mediae Latinitatis Sueciae (Stockholm, 1968– ). 

For medieval dictionaries and glossaries, see:

Claude Buridant, La lexicographie au moyen âge (1986).

J. Hamesse, ed., Les manuscrits des lexiques et glossaires de l’Antiquité tardive à la fin du moyen âge (Turnhout, 1996).

Udo Kindermann, Einführung in die lateinische Literatur des mittelalterlichen Europa (Turnhout, 1998), pp. 45-50. Lists medieval Latin dictionaries.

La Lexicographie du Latin médiéval et ses rapports avec les recherches actuelles sur la civilisation du Moyen-Age, Paris 18-21 octobre 1978 (Paris, 1981).

F. A. Trembley, Bibliotheca Lexicologiae Medii Aevi, 10 vols. (Lewiston, 1988).

Olga Weijers, Dictionnaires et répertoires au moyen âge: une étude du vocabulaire (Turnhout, 1991).

Thesaurus formarum totius Latinitatis. Cetedoc Index of Latin Forms: Database for the Study of the Vocabulary of the Entire Latin World (Turnhout, 1988- ).

For additional specialized lexical bibliographies, see Mantello and Rigg, Medieval Latin, pp. 34-36, and for medieval and modern glossaries, dictionaries, and lexical aids, see pp. 36 and 102-5. See also Berlioz, Identifier sources, pp. 88-90.

IV. Full-Text Databases of Late-Antique and Medieval Latin Authors and Texts

Corpus Corporum. Repositorium operum Latinorum apud universitatem Turicensem.

Bibliotheca Teubneriana Latina (Turnhout, 1999).

Digital Library of Late-Antique Texts. Searchable texts dating between the second and seventh centuries.

Library of Latin Texts (Turnhout, 2011). Note that by selecting the “Cross Database Searchtool” you can search both the Library of Latin texts and the Monumenta Germaniae Historica simultaneously.

Monumenta Germaniae Historica

Archive of Celtic-Latin Literature (Turnhout, 1994).

Acta Sanctorum quotquot toto orbe coluntur.

Poetria Nova: A CD-ROM of Latin Medieval Poetry (650-1250 A.D.) with a Gateway to Classical and Late Antiquity Texts, ed. by Paolo Mastandrea and Luigi Tessarolo (Florence, 2001). . With a User’s Manual in Italian and English.

Musisque deoque: A Digital Archive of Latin Poetry. Old Latin through seventh-century AD.

CGL: Corpus Grammaticorum Latinorum. Contains Full Text Search, Text Archive, and Bibliography of Latin Grammarians.

V. Repertories of Medieval Latin Authors and Texts

(See Berlioz, Identifier sources et citations, pp. 29-35, and Mantello and Rigg, pp. 38-53 for more detailed listings.)

Comprehensive Repertories:

Repertorium fontium historiae medii aevi primum ad Augusto Potthast digestum, nunc cura collegii historicorum e pluribus nationibus emendatum et auctum, 11 vols. (1962- ). Volume I is an important guide to major series of monographs and editions, listing the titles of individual volumes in each. Here one can find a analyses of the contents of such series as Monumenta Germaniae Historica. It also contains a list of series by geographical region. Volumes 2ff. are organized alphabetically by author or title (the most recent fascicle, X/4, covers Sj-Sz), with information on manuscripts, editions, translations, and secondary literature. The website has a complete list of the headwords.

BISLAM. Bibliotheca Scriptorum Latinorum Medii Recentiorisque Aevi = Repertory of Medieval and Renaissance Latin Authors, vol. 1: Gli Autori in “Medioevo Latino: = Authors in “Medioevo Latino,” ed. R. Gamberini (Florence, 2003).  Intended to be a complete listing of all known medieval Latin authors, with standard and variant forms of their names. Volume 1 includes all authors registered in Medioevo Latino 1-21; each entry lists the standard form of the name along with any variant forms, and indexes all references in Medioevo Latino.  Included in the database  Mirabile: Digital Archives for Medieval Latin Culture (as “BISLAM”),

CALMA: Compendium Auctorum Latinorum Medii Aevi (500-1500), ed. Michael Lapidge et al. (Florence, 2000- ).  Will be the best resource; through Henricus de Coisveldia as of 2016. The list of sources in the supplement is a valuable comprehensive bibliography of repertories.

Index scriptorum novus mediae latinitatis. Ab anno DCCC usque ad annum MCC (1973).

Bruno Bon et al., Index scriptorum novus mediae latinitatis. Supplementum (1973-2005) (Geneva, 2006).

Maria Teresa Donati, “The Authority File of the Biblioteca de Cultura Medievale,” Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 39 (2004), 585-596.

Roberto Gamberini, “The Compilation of an Authority List for Medieval Latin Authors: Objectives, Methodological Issues, and Results,” Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 39 (2004), 597-606. 

Roberto Gamberini and Maria Teresi Donati, “Medieval Latin Authors: Authority List and Authority File,” E-LIS E-prints in Library and Information Science

Index Editionum quae ad usum historicorum maxime adsunt, ed. M. P. Guidobaldi and Fabricius Pesando, Scripta Latina usque ad aetatem Karoli Magni Imp., ed. A. la Regina (Rome, 1933).

F. Della Corte, ed., Dizionario degli scrittori greci e latini, 3 vols. (Milan, 1987).

Rodrique LaRue, ed., Clavis Scriptorum Graecorum et Latinorum, 2nd ed., 10 vols. (Trois-Rivières, Québec, 1996).    Brief entries include variant forms of auhors’ names and bibliographical references to major reference works.

Wolfgang Buchwald, Armin Hohlweg, and Otto Prinz, Dictionnaire des auteurs grecs et latins de l’antiquité et du moyen âge, trans. J. D. Berger and J. Billen (Turnhout, 1991).  Older German ed.: Tusculum-Lexicon: griechischer und lateinischer Autoren des Altertums und des Mittelalters, 3rd ed. (Munich, 1982).

Manfred Landfester, Dictionary of Greek and Latin Authors and Texts, Brill’s New Pauly I/2. Registers some manuscripts along with scholia, early and modern editions, early and modern translations, and commentaries. Includes major patristic authors.

MLGB3:  Medieval Libraries of Great Britain.  Database of all Latin writings listed in medieval library catalogues from Great Britain can be searched by author or title. Gives concise identifications and references to standard repertories.  The master “List of Identifications” is currently (9/16) not accessible.

Modern Guides to Medieval Authors and Texts

Bibliotheca scriptorum latinorum medii aevi digitalis: Casimir Oudinus, Commentarius de Scriptoribus Ecclesiae Antiquis (Leipzig, 1722); Trithemius, Catalogus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum (Cologne, 1531); Fabricius, Bibliotheca Latina mediae et infimae aetatis; Vossius, De historicis latinis (1651). Another searchable version of Fabricius is available at the MGH site.

Liste lateinischer Autoren und anonymer Werke des 13. Jahrhunderts

For indices and concordances of individual authors and corpora, see Berlioz, Identifier sources, pp. 79-87, and:

Henri Quellet, Bibliographia indicum, lexicorum et concordantiarum auctorum Latinorum (Neuchâtel, 1980).  An appendix lists selected studies of Latin vocabulary by general subject.

Major Regional/National Repertories:

(For other repertories by country or region, see Berlioz, Identifier sources, pp. 30-32; Berarducci, pp. 315-16.)

England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland:

Richard J. Sharpe, A Handlist of the Latin Writers of Great Britain and Ireland before 1540, Publications of the Journal of Medieval Latin 1 (Turnhout, 1997). Additions and Corrections (1997-2001)

George Watson, ed., The Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature, 1: 600-1660 (Cambridge, 1974).  Includes “Writings in Latin.”

Jean-Philippe Genet, Dictionnaire des auteurs anglais: Dictionnaire des auteurs actifs dans les champs de l’histoire et de la politique en Angleterre de 1300 – 1600.

See also the following studies:

Whitney F. Bolton, A History of Anglo-Latin Literature 597-1066 (Princeton, 1967).  Only volume 1, covering up to A.D. 740, was ever published.

A. G. Rigg, A History of Anglo-Latin Literature 1066-1422 (Cambridge, 1992).

Michael Lapidge, Anglo-Latin Literature, 600-899 (London, 1995). Anglo-Latin Literature, 900-1066 (London, 1993).  Collected essays, wide-ranging and well indexed.

Auctores Britannici Medii Aevi (British Academy series):

Celtic-Latin literatures:

Michael Lapidge and Richard Sharpe, A Bibliography of Celtic-Latin Literature 400-1200 (Dublin, 1985).

James F. Kenney, The Sources for the Early History of Ireland: Ecclesiastical, reprint with Addenda by Ludwig Bieler (New York, 1966).  Covers Latin as well as vernacular religious texts and authors.

Mary Brennan, “A Bibliography of Publications in the Field of Eriugenian Studies, 1800–1975”, Studi Medievali, 3rd ser., 18 (1977) 401–447. 

Mary Brennan, Guide des études ériugèniennes: bibliographie commentée des publications, 1930–1987 / A Guide to Eriugenian Studies: A Survey of Publications, 1930–1987 (Fribourg & Paris, 1989). 

A. B. Scott, “Latin Learning and Literature in Ireland, 1169-1500.” Chapter XXVII in Prehistoric and Early Ireland: Volume I, ed. Dáibhí Ó Cróinín (Oxford, 2005), pp. 934–995. 

France:

Dictionnaire des lettres françaises. Le Moyen âge, rev. ed. Geneviève Hasenohr[-Esnos] and Michel Zink (Paris, 1994).   Includes Latin as well as vernacular authors.

Ferdinand Lot, et al., “Index Scriptorum Operumque Latino-Gallicorum Medii Aevi (500-1000),” Archivum latinitatis medii aevi, 14 (1939), pp. 113-230“Index Scriptorum Operumque Latino-Gallicorum Medii Aevi, saeculum XI (1000-1108),” Archivum latinitatis medii aevi, 16 (1941), pp. 5-75“Vitae, passiones, miracula, translationes sanctorum Galliae necnon alia opera saeculum XI in Gallia exarata (a. 1000-1108),” 17 (1942), 5-26  “Index Scriptorum Operumque Latino-Gallicorum Saeculi XI. Addenda et Corrigenda,” 21 (1951), 173-92.

A. Boutemy, “Notes complémentaires aux listes d’écrivains et de textes latins de France du XIè siècle,” Archivum Latinitatis Medii Aevi 17 (1942), 27-40.

M.-H. Jullien and F. Perelman, Clavis Scriptorum Latinorum Medii Aevi, Auctores Galliae I: 735-987, 4 vols. to date (Turnhout, 1994- ).  Coverage is alphabetical, but a separate volume is dedicated to Alcuin.  Vol. III:  F-Hil; vol. IV.1:  Hincmarus Laudunensis ep.; Hubertus; Hubertus Atrebatensis presb.; Hucbaldus Elnonensis mon.; Hugo Remensis archiep. There is a separate index volume of persons, titles, incipits, and manuscripts.

M.-H. Jullien and F. Perelman, Clavis Scriptorum Latinorum Medii Aevi, Auctores Galliae I: 735-987 , II: Alcuin (Turnhout, 1999). Note that the abbreviations are included in the separate index volume.

Palémon Glorieux, Répertoire des maîtres en théologie de Paris au XIIIe siècle, 2 vols. (Paris, 1933). 

Olga Weijers, Le travail intellectuel à la Faculté des arts de Paris: textes et maîtres (ca. 1200-1500), 9 vols.(Turnhout, 1994-2012). 

Germany, Austria, Switzerland:

Die deutsche Literatur des Mittelalters: Verfasserlexikon, 11 vols. in 14, 2nd ed. (Berlin, 1977-2008).   Has indices of manuscripts (vol. 12); prints and initia (vol. 13); persons, titles of works, and biblical passages (vol. 14).

Repertorium Geschichtsquellen des deutschen Mittelalters. Covers narrative historical sources relating to the German-speaking realms between 750 and 1500. Materials drawn from the Repertorium Fontium and updated. Includes lists of sources by Author and Text; a Thesaurus of places, keywords, textual transmission (including editions), religious houses, saints, and persons.

Iberia:

Manuel C. Díaz y Díaz, Index scriptorum latinorum medii aevi hispanorum (Madrid, 1959).

Jose Carlos Martín, Source latines de l’Espagne tardo-antique et médiévale (Ve – XIVe siècles): Répertoire bibliographique (Paris, 2010). 

Italy:

Clavis Scriptorum Latinorum Medii Aevi. Auctores Italiae (700-1000), ed. Benedetta Valtorta (Florence, 2006). 

ALIM: Archivio della latinità italiana del Medioevo.  Has two major databases:  Fonti Letterarie allows browsing by author, title, century, anonymous text, genre, prose and verse; searches (by exact phrase, word, in the same verse or line, or orthographical variants, and each can be delimited but the browsing categories.  Fonti Documentarie allows browsing by type of document, region, period, collection (print or manuscript), and place or date of document, and searching in essentially the same ways as in Fonti Letterarie.

Low Countries:

M. Hélin, “Index scriptorum operumque Latino-Belgicorum medii aevi,” Archivium Latinitatis Medii Aevi 8 (1933), 77-163; 16 (1941) 65-75, 18 (1945), 31-33. 

L. Genicot and P. Tombeur, Index scriptorum operumque latino-belgicorum medii aevi. Nouveau répertoire des oeuvres mediolatines belges (Brussels, 1973- ). 

H, Baudet, “Index scriptorum auctorumque Latin-Neerlandicorum medii aevi,” Archivum Latinitatis Medii Aevi 24 (1954), 159-214. 

C. A. Bouman and J. W. Fuchs, “Index fontium Lexici Latinitatis Neerlandicae Medii Aevi,” Studi medievali, 3rd ser. 6 (1965), 461-514; 7 (1966), 477-97. 

Scandinavia:

Medieval Nordic Literature in Latin: A Website of Authors and Anonymous Works c. 1100-1530, ed. Stephan Borgehammer et al.

Slavic Regions:

Croatiae auctores latini bibliotheca electronica (CroAla)

Joseph Praga, “Index auctorum Latinitatis Italicae Medii Aevi antiquioris, supplementum Dalmaticum,” Archivum Latinitatis Medii Aevi 16 (1941).

Primoz SimonitiSloveniae scriptores latini recentioris aetatis. Opera scriptorum latinorum Sloveniae usque ad annum MDCCCXLVIII typis edita. Bibliographiae fundamenta (Zagreb-Ljubljana, 1972).

Religious orders:

Richard Sharpe, “Bibliographical Traditions of Religious Orders,” in his Titulus: Identifying Medieval Latin Texts (Turnhout, 2003), pp. 290-96. .

See also Berlioz, Identifier sources, pp. 32-34, 37.

Franciscan Authors, 13th – 18th Century: A Catalogue

Thomas Kaeppeli and Emilio PanellaScriptores Ordinis Praedicatorum Medii Aevi, 4 vols. (Rome, 1970-93). 

D. N. Bell, An Index of Authors and Works in Cistercian Libraries in Great Britain, Cistercian Studies 130 (Kalamazoo, 1992).

Albert Gruijs, Cartusiana. Un instrument heuristique. Bibliographie générale. Auteurs cartusiens (Paris, 1976-78). 

Women Writers:

Peter DronkeWomen Writers of the Middle Ages: A Critical Study of Texts from Perpetua (†203) to Marguerite Porete (†1310) (Cambridge, 1984). 

Jane Stevenson, Women Latin Poets: Language, Gender, and Authority, from Antiquity to the Eighteenth Century (Oxford, 2005).

The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Women’s Writing, ed. Carolyn Dinshaw and David Wallace (Cambridge, 2003). 

Carolyne LarringtonWomen and Writing in Medieval Europe: A Sourcebook  (London, Routledge, 1995). 

Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index

Epistolae: Medieval Women’s Latin Letters

Some Major Genres:

See especially Medieval Latin, ed. Mantello and Rigg, and the section “Textual Genres in the Middle Ages” in ClassenHandbook to Medieval Studies, pp. 1605-2144.

For other repertories by incipit, see the separate bibliography on Manuscript Research.

Artes dictandi:

Anne-Marie Turcan-Verkerk, “Répertoire chronologique des théories de l’art d’écrire en prose (milieu du XIe s.-années 1230. Auteur, oeuvre(s), inc., édition(s) ou manuscrit(s),” Archivum Latinitatis Medii Aevi (Bulletin Du Cange) 64 (2006), 193–239. 

Franz Josef ‪Worstbrock, Monika Klaes, and Jutta LüttenRepertorium der Artes dictandi des Mittelalters, vol. 1: Von den Anfängen bis um 1200, Münstersche Mittelalter-Schriften 66 (Munich, 1992). 

Poetry:

Dieter Schaller and Ewald KönsgenInitia latinorum saeculo undecimo antiquiorum (Göttingen, 1977).  With a Supplementband (2005), ed. John Tagliabue and Thomas Klein

Hans WaltherInitia carminum ac versuum aevi posterioris latinorum Göttingen, 1959-69).  Continued by the following. Otto SchumannLateinisches Hexameter-Lexikon: Formelgut von Ennius bis zum Archipoeta, Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Hilfsmittel 4 (Munich, 1979-83). With initia in pt. 6. 

Corpus Rhythmorum Musicum Saec. IV-IX. 1. Songs in non-Liturgical Sources / Canti di tradizione non liturgica I. Lyrics / Canzoni, dir. Francesco Stella. Musical Edition by Sam Barret, Millennio Medievale 72 (Florence, 2007).

Poetry of the Early Medieval Europe: Manuscripts, Language and Music of the Rhythmical Latin Texts. III Euroconference for the Digital Edition of the “Corpus of Latin Rhythmical Texts 4th-9th Century”, ed. Edoardo d’Angelo and Francesco Stella, Millennia Medievale 39 (Florence, 2003).

Poesia dell’alto Medioevo europeo: manoscritti, lingua e musica dei ritmi latini / Poetry of Early Medieval Europe: Manuscripts, Language and Music of the Latin Rhythmical Texts. Atti delle euroconferenze per il Corpus dei ritmi latini (IV-IX sec.9, Arezzo 6-7 novembre 1998 e Ravello 9-12 settembre 1999 / Proceedings of the Euroconferences for the Corpus pf Latin Rhythmical Poems (4th-9th C.), ed. Francesco Stella, Millennio Medievale, 022 (Florence, 2000).

Poesía Latina Medieval (Siglos V-XV). Actas del IV Congreso del “Internationales Mittellateinerkomitee” Santiago de Compostela, 12-15 de septiembre de 2002, ed. Manuel C. Díaz y Díaz and José M. Díaz de Bustamente (Florence, 2005).

A. G. Rigg, “Medieval Latin Poetic Anthologies,” Mediaeval Studies 39 (1977), 281-330; 40 (1978), 387-407; 41 (1979), 468-505. 

Josef SzövérffyWeltliche Dichtungen des lateinischen Mittelalters: Ein Handbuch, I: Von den Anfängen bis zum Ende der Karolingerzeit (Berlin, 1970).  Includes an index of initia.

Ulysse ChevalierRepertorium hymnologicum. Catalogue des chants, hymnes, proses, sequences, tropes en usage dans l’Eglise latine depuis les origines jusqu’a nos jours Supplemented by C. BlumeRepertorium Repertorii. Kritischer Wegweiser durch U. Chevaliers “Repertorium Hymnologicum”. . . (Leipzig, 1901).  and now being superceded by J. SzövérffyRepertorium hymnologicum novum (Berlin, 1983ff). 

Dialogues:

Carmen Cardelle de Hartmann, Lateinische Dialoge 1200-1400, Literaturhistorische Studie und Repertorium (Leiden, 2007). 

Grammatical Works:

G. L. Bursill-HallA Census of Medieval Latin Grammatical Works (Stuttgart, 1981). 

Historiography:

See the separate bibliography on Medieval History and Historical Sources for comprehensive repertories.

Philosophy:

Rolf Schoenberger and Brigitte Kible, Repertorium edierter Texte des Mittelalters aus dem Bereich der Philosophie und angrenzender Gebiete (Berlin, 1994).

Les genres littéraires dans les sources théologiques et philosophiques médiévales. Définition, critique et exploitation

Margaret Gibson, “Latin Commentaries on Logic before 1200,” Bulletin de Philosophie Médiévale 24 (1982), 54-64. 

Annotated Bibliography of the Medieval Theories of Supposition and Mental Language.

Electronic Resources for Medieval Philosophy Studies.

Brief Bibliographical Guides in Medieval Islamic Philosophy and Theology.

For Greek texts see also:

Thesaurus Linguae Graecae. Canon of Greek Authors and Works, 3rd ed. by Luci Berkowitz and Karl A. Squitier (New York, 1990). 

For patristic texts, see the separate bibliography on The Bible and Its Interpretation.

For Latin texts (often medieval) falsely attributed to patristic authors, see J. Machielsen, Clavis Patristica Pseudipigraphorum Medii Aevi, 3 vols. (Turnhout, 1990- ). : Homiletica; IIA: Theologica Exegetica; IIB: Ascetica Monastica; IIIA Artes Liberales.

For repertories of incipits, see the separate bibliography on Manuscript Research.

VI. Histories and Handbooks

For brief introductions, see (in addition to Friend, above) A. G. Rigg, “Latin Literature,” in Dictionary of the Middle Ages VII, 359-71; Jan Ziolkowski, “Towards a History of Medieval Latin Literature,” in Mantello and Rigg, pp. 505-36.

Gustav Gröber, Übersicht über die lateinische Litteratur von der Mitte des VI. Jahrhunderts bis zur Mitte des XIV. Jahrhunderts, 2 vols. in 5 pts. Grundriß der romanischen Philologie 2/1 (Strassburg, 1898-1902). Outdated, but useful as a listing of texts and genres.

Adolf Ebert, Allgemeine Geschichte der Literatur des Mittelalters im Abendlande, 3 vols. (Leipzig, 1880-89).

Adolf Ebert, Geschichte der christlich-lateinischen Literatur: Von ihren Anfängen bis zu Zeitalter Karls des Grossen  (Lepizig, 1874).

Adolf Ebert, Histoire générale de la littérature du moyen âge en Occident, trans. Joseph Aymeric and James Condamin, 3 vols. (Paris, 1883-89).

Max Manitius, Geschichte der lateinischen Literatur des Mittelalters, 3 vols., Handbuch der klassischen Altertumswissenschaft 9/2 (Munich, 1911-31).  Being superseded by Brunhölzl (next item), but retains value as a reference work.  Online:  Vol. 1; Vol. 2; Vol. 3.

Franz Brunhölzl, Geschichte der lateinischen Literatur des Mittelalters, 2 vols. (Munich, 1975-92).    Vol. 1; Vol. 2. Now the standard history through the mid-eleventh century. Organized by region and period with valuable bibliographical appendices. The French translation by H.-M. Rochais, Histoire de la littérature latine du Moyen Age, 2 vols. (Turnhout, 1990-1996), includes updated references by J.-P. Bouhout.

Manitius and Brunhölzl are the standard comprehensive histories. There is nothing comparable in English. Manitius’s monumental work covers medieval Latin literature through the twelfth century.

Letteratura latina medievale (secoli VI-XV): un manuale, ed. Claudio Leonardi (Florence, 2002).  Essays by various hands on each century from the sixth through the fifteenth, each with a select bibliography.

Udo Kindermann, Einführung in die lateinische Literatur des mittelalterlichen Europa (Turnhout, 1998).

Lo spazio letterario del Medioevo, I. Il Medioevo latino, 4 vols., ed. G. Cavallo et al. (Salerno, 1992-97). (shelved beneath Corpus Christianorum). v. 1, La produzione del testo (2 v.). v. 2, La circolazione del testo. v. 3, La ricezione del testo. v. 4, L’attualizzazione del testo. v. 5, Cronologia e bibliografia della letteratura mediolatina — 2. Il Medioevo volgare. v. 1, La produzione del testo. v. 2, La circolazione del testo. v. 3, La ricezione del testo. v. 4, L’attualizzazione del testo. v. 5, Cronologia e bibliografia della letteratura medievale volgare — Essays on a wide variety of topics, including major literary genres. Series 3, Le culture circonstanti, now includes volumes on La cultura bizantina (v. 1) and Le culture slave (v. 3).

The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Latin Literature, ed. Ralph J. Hexter and David Townsend (Oxford, 2011).

For the later Middle Ages, see also:

Joseph de Ghellinck, L’essor de la littérature latine au XIIe siècle, 2 vols. (Brussels, 1946), (includes an “Aperçu bibliographique,” pp. 19-32); L’essor de la littérature latine au XIIIe siècle, 2nd ed. (Brussels, 1955).

For the early Christian period, see:

Jacques Fontaine, La Littérature latine chrétienne, Que sais-je? no. 1379 (Paris, 1970). Covers Tertullian through Gregory. 

Reinhart Herzog, Nouvelle Histoire de la littérature latine, 5: Restauration et Renouveau. La littérature latine de 284 – 374 après J.-C.  Volumes in preparation will cover medieval Latin literature through 735.

For biblical commentaries see the separate bibliography on The Bible and its Interpretation.
For the philological and codicological contexts of medieval Latin literature, consult the collected essays by the three great scholars of the Munich school of medieval Latin philology:

Ludwig Traube, Vorlesungen und Abhandlungen, 3 vols. (Munich, 1909).

Paul Lehmann, Erforschung des Mittelalters, 5 vols. (Stuttgart, 1959).

Bernhard Bischoff, Mittelalterliche Studien, 3 vols. (Stuttgart, 1966-81).

For a catalogue of Latin manuscripts up to ca. 800, see:

E. A. Lowe, Codices Latini Antiquiores, 11 vols. and Supplement and 2nd ed. of vol. 1 (Oxford, 1934-72). 

See also the separate bibliography on Medieval and Modern Manuscript Catalogues.

On the stylistics of Christian-Latin, see:

Sanders and Van Uytfanghe.

Albert Blaise, A Handbook of Christian-Latin: Style, Morphology, and Syntax, trans. G. C. Roti (Turnhout, 1994).

Christine Mohrmann, Etudes sur le latin des chrétiens, 4 vols. (Rome, 1958).

Eduard Norden, Die antike Kunstprosa vom VI. Jahrhundert v. Chr. bis in die Zeit der Renaissance, 2 vols. (Leipzig, 1915-18).

For medieval Latin poetry consult the following:

Poetria Nova: A CD-ROM of Latin Medieval Poetry (650-1250 A.D.) with a Gateway to Classical and Late Antiquity Texts, ed. by Paolo Mastandrea and Luigi Tessarolo (Florence, 2001). With a User’s Manual in Italian and English.

F. J. E. Raby, A History of Christian-Latin Poetry from the Beginnings to the Close of the Middle Ages, 2nd ed. (Oxford, 1953).

F. J. E. Raby, A History of Secular Latin Poetry in the Middle Ages, 2 vols. (Oxford, 1957).

Josef SzövérffyWeltliche Dichtungen des lateinischen Mittelalters: Ein Handbuch, I: Von den Anfängen bis zum Ende der Karolingerzeit (Berlin, 1970).  Includes a generic classification of medieval poetry. Has an index of initia.

Josef Szövérffy, Secular Latin Lyrics and Minor Poetic Forms of the Middle Ages from the Tenth to the Fifteenth Century. A Historical Survey and Repertory, 3 vols. (Concord, N.H., 1993-94).

Peter Dronke, The Medieval Lyric, 3rd ed. (Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1996). Covers vernacular as well as Medieval Latin lyric. The Bibliography contains a “Guide to Individual Authors and Poems” discussed in the text.

Peter Dronke, Medieval Latin and the Rise of the European Love Lyric, 2 vols. (Oxford).

Peter Godman, Poetry of the Carolingian Renaissance (London, 1985). Facing-page texts and translations of major poems, with an excellent introduction.

On medieval Latin artes poetriae, see:

Edmond Faral, Les arts poétiques du XIIe et du XIIIe siècles (Paris, 1924). 

Douglas Kelly, The Arts of Poetry and Prose, Typologie des sources 59 (Turnhout, 1991).

Paul Klopsch, Einführung in die Dichtungslehre des lateinischen Mittelalters (Darmstadt, 1980).

For initia of Latin texts, see separate bibliography on Manuscript Research.

VII. Some Major Periodicals

Archivum Latinitatis Medii Aevi (Bulletin Du Cange) (1924- ). 

Filologia mediolatina (1994- ).  (shelved below Corpus Christianorum).

The Journal of Medieval Latin (1991- ). 

Mittellateinisches Jahrbuch (1964- ).

Revue des études latines (1923- ).

For other periodicals see Mantello & Rigg, p. 67.

VIII. Associations

The Medieval Latin Association and the Journal of Medieval Latin

Charles D. Wright: cdwright@uiuc.edu
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