Internet Medieval Sourcebook
Selected Sources: High Medieval Church Life
Western Monasticism - After
WEB Internet Theology Resources: Monastic Studies [At
- The Cistercians
- The Carthusians
- Other Orders
- Women's Monasticism
The Mendicant Orders
WEB The Franciscan Archive
- [Tierney 65.1] St. Francis (1182-1226): Testament.
- [Tierney 65.2] St. Francis (1182-1226): Canticle
of the Sun, in Italian and English, text document.
- [Geary 30] Rule of Franciscan order.
- Honorius III:
annuere, on the Rule of the Friars Minor, November 29, 1226. [At The Franciscan
Archive]; or see copy [At
- Thomas of Celano: Two Lives of St. Francis . See
Catholic Encyclopedia: St.
Francis of Assisi and
Encyclopedia: Thomas of Celano.
- Brother Ugolino: The Little
Flowers of St. Francis. Full text. [At CCEL]
- Gregory IX: Bull Mira Circa
Nos, July 16, 1228 [At EWTN]
The Bull canonizing St. Francis of Assisi.
- [Geary 31] Clare of Assisi: Testament, copyrighted? See also
Catholic Encyclopedia: Clare of
- Nicholas III: Exiit qui
seminat, Soriano, Italy: August 14, 1279, (With attached Latin Text). [At EWTN]
See also Catholic Encyclopedia:
On the confirmation of the rule of the Friars Minor.
- Nicholas III: Exiit qui
seminat, Soriano, Italy: August 14, 1279, (alternate translation by John Kilcullen
and John Scott ). [At MacQuarrie U]
- Clement V: Exivi de
paradiso, May 6, 1312 with the Ecumenical Council of Vienne in session Latin Text available. [At
Franciscan Archive]:or see copy [At EWTN]
Declaration of the supreme Pontiff on the Rule of the Friars Minor.
- Other Mendicant Orders
- Innocent IV: Bull Quae
honorem conditoris omnium ["Whatever Is for the Honor of the Creator of
All"], October 1, 1247. [At EWTN]. See also the version at CarmelNet.
On the prior and hermits of Mt. Carmel. The Bull includes the Carmelites' mitigated rule.
- [Geary 33] Thomas of Cantimpré': Defence of the Mendicants, copyrighted
The Secular Clergy
- Cathedral Chapters
- The Cathedral Chapter of Chartres: The Riot of 1210,
trans. Richard Barton
The circumstances of the Chartres Riot of 1210 described from the viewpoint of the
Cathedral chapter. It provides clear insight into urban social tensions, and also sheds
light on elements of liturgical procedure (particularly the liturgy of excommunication),
on the cult of the Virgin, and on the increasing competency of the French crown in
- Three Disputes involving the Cathedral Chapter of
Notre-Dame of Chartres, 1215-1224
- Henry III: Documents of the Church of Salisbury in
the Early 13th Century, trans. Richard Barton
- The Register of Roger Martival, Bishop of Salisbury,
1315-1330, trans. Richard Barton
Texts from the Register of Roger Martivall, Bishop of Salisbury. The last one, in
particular, is of interest, as it is concerned with criminous clerks and clerical status.
- Parish Pastoral Clergy
- Caesarius of Heisterbach: Medieval Heresies,
from Dialogue on Miracles, V.
Discussion of Waldensians, Albigenses, and "intellectual heretics" at Paris.
- The Inquisition
- The Life of Christ
- The Cultus of the Virgin Mary
- Saints and Relics
- See the Medieval Sourcebook: Saints' Lives Page
- [Geary 21] Bernard of Angers: Miracles of St. Foy, copyrighted?
- Gregory of Tours (539-594): Eight Books of Miracles,
- Letaldus of Micy: Journey of
the Relics of St. Junianus, including a description of the Peace Council of Charroux
in 989. Trans. by Thomas Head [At ORB]
- Leyenda de Santiago (translated by William Granger Ryan).[At UCLA]
- Andrew of Fleury: Miracles of
St. Benedict. Trans. by Thomas Head [At ORB]
A description of the Peace League of Bourges and its campaign in 1038.
- Ademar of Chabanne: Chronicle:
Discovery of the Head of John the Baptist, 1016. Trans. by Thomas Head [At ORB]
- Anonymous: Life of St.
Gregory of Nicopolis. Excerpts on his burial, Early 11th Cent. Trans. by Thomas Head
- Peter Damian: Life of Romuald.
excerpts on his relics of a hermit. Late 11th Cent. Trans. by Thomas Head [At ORB]
- Anonymous: A Miracle of St.
Maximinus, c. 1050-75. Trans. by Thomas Head [At ORB]
Description of the pilgrimage and miraculous cure of a single individual.
- Hugh of Fleury: Life,
Translation, and Miracles of St. Sacerdos: Prologue, Trans. by Thomas Head [At ORB]
Discussing his methodology as a hagiographer and historian reconstructing the life of a
long dead saint.
- Sermon Stories: Tales of Relics, 12th-13th
- Invention of the Relics of St. Benedict,
- Amulo of Lyon: Letter on the
Misuse of Relics in Dijon. mid-9th Century. Trans. by Thomas Head [At ORB]
- Claudius of Turin: Apology:
An Attack on Veneration of Relics. 8-9th Cent. Trans. by Thomas Head [At ORB]
- Guibert of Nogent (1053-1124): On
the Relics of the Saints: Book I, Trans. by Thomas Head [At ORB]
- Guibert of Nogent (1053-1124): from Treatise on
- Stephen de Bourbon: De Supersticione: On St Guinefort,
The basis of the film The Sorceress about a sainted dog. Based on the tradition
of St. Christopher as being "dog-faced".
- The Translation of Saint Nicholas [Greek Anonymous],
13th Century MS.
The story of the sacred theft of the relics of St. Nicholas from Myra in 1087.
Itinerary of the Anonymous Pilgrim of Bordeaux (Itinerarium Burdigalense) - 333 A.D.
[At Christus Rex]
- Egeria: Description of the
Liturgical Year in Jerusalem: Translation [At Oxford]
- Egeria: Travelogue,
Translated by M.L. McClure, The Pilgrimage of Etheria, (New York, 1915) [At Yale]
- Daniel (1106-1107):
Pilgrimage of the Russian Abbot Daniel in the Holy Land, 1106-1107 A.D., annotated by
Sir C. W.Wislon (London, 1895) [At Holy Fire]
to Palestine. (c. 1350). Translated by. J. H. Barnard. London: Palestine
Pilgrims Text Society, 1894. [At Traveling to Jerusalem/U Sth Colorado]
Margery Kempe (1413-1415): Book
of Margery Kempe. (Text--Butler-Bowden translation of Chapter 26-34, 37-41)[At
Traveling to Jerusalem/U Sth Colorado]
John Poloner (1422): Description
of the Holy Land (c. 1421), based on the translation of Aubrey Stewart from the Tobler
text. London, 1894. [At Traveling to Jerusalem/U Sth Colorado]
Felix Fabri (1480 & 1483-84): The Book of the Wanderings of Felix
Fabri (Circa 1480-1483 A.D.) trans. Aubrey Stewart. 2 vols. London: Palestine
Pilgrims' Text Society, 1896 [At Traveling to Jerusalem/U Sth Colorado]
Pietro Casola (1494): Canon
Pietro Casola's Pilgrimage to Jerusalem in the Year 1494. trans. Mary Margaret Newett.
Manchester: The University Press, 1907. [At Traveling to Jerusalem/U Sth Colorado]
- [Tierney 101] Geoffrey Chaucer (c.1340-1400): Prologue to the Canterbury Tales, text file in original language.
The stories revolve around a pilgrimage to Canterbury.
- Geoffrey Chaucer (c.1340-1400): Canterbury Tales:
The Prologue [Parallel Texts] , [uses Tables], (c.1380)
Spill: A Fictional
Pilgrimage from Valencia to Santiago in the Fifteenth Century, From the Spill or Book of Women by the fifteenth-century Valencian medical doctor, Jaume Roig.[At
- The Sacramental System
- Aspects of Popular Beliefs
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