Medieval Germany: An Encyclopedia
Olin Reference DD 126 .M43x 2001 +
Edited by John M. Jeep. New York: Garland, 2001.
Nearly 650 alphabetically arranged entries cover German- and Dutch-speaking Europe from A.D. 500 to 1500. Articles cover "major persons, places, historical occurrences, artistic and technological accomplishments, intellectual developments, and daily life." Among the topics covered are Carmina Burana, Gardens and gardening, Hanseatic League, Heraldry, Jews, Meistersinger, Pregnancy and childbirth, and Printing press. There are also entries for persons and places, from the Carolingian capital Aachen to the Cistercian monastery Zwettl. Entries vary in length from a paragraph or two to 20 pages. Articles were written to be accessible to the nonspecialist as well as the scholar, and bibliographies cite English-language sources whenever possible. [Booklist]