My Top 50 Medieval Studies


Here’s a list of my “Top 30” medieval studies that I would recommend to students desiring a good reading list to get them acquainted with the structures of medieval life, to guide them to further sources, and to serve as examples of different kinds of historical writing. If it is weighted toward war and crusade, that is because that is what I study most. Please comment, add, and discuss!

  1. John France, Victory In the East: A Military History of the First Crusade, 1994.
  2. Michael Camille, Mirror in Parchment: The Luttrell Psalter and the Making of Medieval England, 1998.

  3. I. S. Robinson, The Papacy 1073-1198: Continuity and Innovation, 1990.

  4. H. J. Hewitt, The Organization of War Under Edward III, 1966.

  5. Juliet Barker, Agincourt, 2005.

  6. Charles M. Radding and William W. Clark, Medieval Architecture, Medieval Learning: Builders and Masters in the Age of Romanesque and Gothic, 1992.

  7. Joshua Prawer, The Crusaders’ Kingdom: European Colonialism in the Middle Ages, 1972.

  8. Dominique Barthélemy, The Serf, the Knight, and the Historian, trans. 2009.

9. Peter Heather, Empires and Barbarians: The Fall of Rome and the Birth of Europe, 2012.

  1. Judith Herrin, The Formation of Christendom, 1989.
  • Robert Bartlett, The Making of Europe: Conquest, Colonization, and Cultural Change 950-1350, 1993.

  • R. R. Davies, The First English Empire: Power and Identities in the British Isles 1093-1343, 2000.

  • Frances and Joseph Gies, Daily Life in Medieval Times, 1990.

  • 14. Caroline Walker Bynum, Holy Feast Holy Fast: the Significance of Food to Medieval Women, 1988.

    1. Susan Reynolds, Kingdoms and Communities in Western Europe 900-1300, second edition, 1997.

    2. J. C. Holt, Magna Carta, Third Edition, 2015.

    3. R. N. Swanson, Religion and Devotion in Europe, c.1215 – c.1515, 1995.

    4. Nicholas Wright, Knights and Peasants: The Hundred Years War in the French Countryside, 1998.

    5. Suzanne Conklin Akbari, Idols in the East: European Representations of Islam and the Orient, 1100-1450, 2009.

    6. Denise N. Baker, editor, Inscribing the Hundred Years’ War in French and English Cultures, 2000.

    7. Susan B. Edgington and Sarah Lambert, eds., Gendering the Crusades, 2002.

    8. J. C. Holt, Colonial England 1066-1215, 1997.

    9. John V. Tolan, Saracens: Islam in the Medieval European Imagination, 2002.

    10. R. W. Southern, The Making of the Middle Ages, 1953.

    11. Leonard B. Glick, Abraham’s Heirs: Jews and Christians in Medieval Europe, 1999.

    12. Carole Hillenbrand, The Crusades: Islamic Perspectives, 1999.

    13. David Crouch, William Marshal: Knighthood, War and Chivalry, 1147-1219, 2002.

    14. Matthew Strickland, ed., Armies, Chivalry and Warfare in Medieval Britain and France, 1998.

    15. Helen Nicholson, The Knights Templar: A New History, 2001.

    16. Richard W. Kaeuper, War, Justice and Public Order: England and France in the Later Middle Ages, 1988.

    17. Moore, The War on Heresy.

    18. Caroline Walker Bynum, Holy Feast, Holy Fast: The Religious Significance of Food to Medieval Women.

    19. Ardis Butterfield, The Familiar Enemy: Chaucer, Language and the Nation in the Hundred Years War.

    20. Will Hasty, Art of Arms: Aggression and Dominance in Medieval German Court Poetry.

    21. Margaret Wade Labarge’s Mistress, Maids, and Men: Baronial Life in the Thirteenth Century.