Research Papers | Source Texts | Writing Tips |Special Features
The Repository of Arcane Knowledge features scholarly essays in historical research and links to valuable collections of primary source texts, useful to amateur and professional historians alike. Additionally, tips and references on historical writing style and methodology are provided.
Essays on modern history, written in a less formal style, can be found in the Politics & Law section of this site.
Several of the essays below have been revised and compiled into the book From Medieval to Modern Man (available at Amazon.com), which includes a new introductory essay.
These are academically reviewed postgraduate research papers on medieval and early modern European history, with the most recent listed first.
Two undergraduate research papers of exceptional quality are also presented:
Source Texts and Other Historical Resources
Below are links to some extremely valuable source texts for historical research. Only reputable, accurate sources are included here.
Ancient (before AD 400)
Medieval (AD 400-1500)
- Internet Medieval Sourcebook
The best first stop for online medieval research, edited by Paul Halsall of Fordham University.
- New Advent
A Catholic website with a fairly comprehensive set of Patristic writings, as well as a user-friendly online Summa Theologica. Better known for its complete online Catholic Encyclopedia.
This Italian site (with multilingual introduction) contains an impressive Augustinian corpus in Latin and Italian.
- Augustinian Studies at Villanova
Villanova University provides extensive Augustinian writings and research tools at this site.
- Decretum Gratiani
Incredibly, this German site has a complete online copy (Latin text and scanned images) of Gratian's Decretum, as well as other source texts. Essential for historians of canon law.
- Leeds Electronic Text Centre
Leeds University provides several medieval sources, including French poetry and texts from the age of Gregory VII.
- Islamic Studies
The Muslim Student Association of the University of Buffalo has links to various hadith collections.
Early Modern (1500-1800)
- Gallica Classique
Gallica, a digital resource of the French National Library, has an extensive online collection (images of scanned originals) of early modern and medieval French writers, including the more obscure works of famous authors.
- Bologna Science Classics Online
The University of Bologna is developing a collection of full text classics by Italian scientists.
- Proyecto Amoxcalli
Scans of Mexican codices and manuscripts from the 16th-18th centuries.
- Autograph of Copernicus' De revolutionibus
All six books of this priceless autograph of Copernicus' work have been scanned for public use.
- LIBRO: The Library of Iberian Resources Online
Mostly secondary sources (complete scholarly books with links to chapters) concerning medieval and early modern Spain.
- The Galileo Project
This site at Rice University is the most comprehensive online English-language source on Galileo. Includes collection of letters from Galileo's daughter.
- Biblioteca Feijoniana
Digital collection of the works of Feijoo and his contemporaries.
It is easy to find good sources on modern history, so it would be superfluous to produce a list. Here are a couple of interesting sites for those concerned with the less public side of history:
- IntraText Digital Library
Thousands of source texts in dozens of languages, including special collections of religious writings (papal and conciliar writings, and libraries of religious orders).
- Internet History Sourcebooks
Sourcebooks in ancient, medieval, and modern history, edited by Paul Halsall of Fordham University. The medieval sourcebook is one of the more comprehensive sources on the web.
- Project Gutenberg
Thousands of classic books online, including many of historical interest.
- The Archimedes Project
Hundreds of scanned sources in the history of mechanics from antiquity through early modernity.
As you can see, there are still many hidden treasures on the Internet. If you know of a specialized collection of online historical texts that you would like to see added to this list, please contact me.
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