This research guide is designed for use particularly by undergraduate students in the Mediaeval Studies Program. It was originally produced by Harriet Sonne de Torrens and is now maintained by Richard Carter. It was last updated August 2011.
- General Reference
- Early Law Codes
- Regional Studies
- Canon Law
- Synods and Councils
- Justice and Crime
- Teaching Law in the Middle Ages
- Judaism and the Law
- Islam and the Law
- Family, Marriage and the Law
- Scholarly Journals
- Finding Scholarly Journal Articles
By Walter Ullmann. London: Sources of History Limited, 1975.
[St Michael's 2nd Floor - JC101 .U385 1975]
What is the historical evidence with which Mediaeval historians recreate Mediaeval legal history? This book examines the sources.
By Everett U. Crosby, C.Julian Bishko and Robert L. Kellogg. New York; London: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1983.
[St Michael's Reference - CB351 .C76 1983]
Selected bibliography of Mediaeval Studies arranged by topic, place, and time period.
Edited by Joseph R. Strayer. New York: C. Scribner Sons, 1986.
[St Michael's Reference - D114 .D5]
Volume 7 has several articles with bibliographies which give a synopsis of different aspects of the law.
Edited by Robert E. Bjork. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. 4 volumes.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area – D114 .O94 2010]
Up to date, and intended for both novices and specialists, this 4-volume set covers European history, society, religion, and culture between A.D. 500 to 1500. Articles number about 5,000. They range from brief to lengthy, include bibliographies, and often unearth material you can only find elsewhere with difficulty. Women and children, for example, get substantial attention. The set contains a thematic listing of entries, a general index, a list of medieval popes and antipopes, and an index of alternative place names.
By Susan Reynolds. 2nd ed. Oxford : Clarendon Press
; New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.
[St Michael's 2nd Floor - JS3000.2 .A3R49 1997]
Discussion of customary law in Mediaeval Europe as related to local governments.
By Alan Watson. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1981.
[Bora Laskin Law Library - K585 .W37]
Examines the influence of Roman law on the codification of civil law in Western Europe.
Edited by Paul F. Grendler. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999. 6 volumes
[St Michael's Library 1st Floor Reference Area - CB361 .E52 1999]
Covers European history from 1300 to 1700, and includes a section on law.
[Available free online]
Covers the period from 2350 BCE to 1948.
[Available free online]
Links to more than twenty Mediaeval-related resources in the area of law.
[Available free online]
Numerous sources available in full-text.
By Paul Vinogradoff. Oxford: University Press, 1961.
[St Michael's 2nd Floor - K165 .R6V55 1961]
A short, readable study of the survival of Roman law after the fall of the Roman Empire.
By Adolf Berger. Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1953. 333-808 p. Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, new ser., v. 43, pt. 2
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - K50 .B47 ]
Includes a bibliography and English-Latin glossary.
By William Warwick Buckland. Revised 3rd edition by Peter Stein. Cambridge: University Press, 1963.
[St Michael's 2nd Floor - K .B9243T3 1963]
An outline of the development of Roman law. It includes a bibliography.
Translated by John B. Moyle. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1913.
[Robarts - KJA 1088 .E5 1913]
An English translation of the Roman Common Law Code with an index.
Translated by J.A.C.Thomas. New York: American Elsevier, 1975.
[Bora Laskin - X 439 .C6713T56 1975]
Latin and English text; includes an English commentary, bibliographical references and index.
Translated into English with an introduction by Katherine Fischer Drew and foreword by Edward Peters. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1973.
[St Michael's 2nd Floor - DG 511 .L4]
Includes a glossary, bibliography, and index.
By Ranulf de Glanville. Edited with introduction, notes, and translation by G.D.G.Hall. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1993.
[Victoria University, CRRS - KD 600 .G53T7 1965]
[Robart's - K .G5465T7 1965]
Edited by C. Douglas.London: Eyre & Spottiswoode,1955-.
[St Michael's 2nd Floor- DA 26 .E56]
Vol. 1 covers c.500-1042. Vol. 2 c. 1042-1189, includes statutes of Henry II, primary sources in English. Vol. 3 c. 1189-1327, includes a translation of the Magna Carta, statutes of Merton and of Marlborough with related primary sources. Vol. 4 c. 1327 - 1485; vol. 5 1485-1558 and vol. 6 1558-1603.
By John A. Alford. Cambridge [England]: D.S. Brewer, 1988. Piers Plowman Studies no. 5
[Robarts - PR 2017 .L38A44 1988]
A dictionary of legal terms.
Edited by R. F.Hunnisett, J. B. Post. London:H.M.Stationery Off., 1978.
[Law - KF 346 .A2M4]
Transcriptions of documents found in the Public Record Office in London. Includes court records from 1066-1485 with an introduction and commentaries in English. Texts are in Latin and Middle English.
By B. D. Lyon. New York: Harper, 1960.
[St Michael's 2nd Floor - JN 137 .L9]
A general history of Mediaeval English law.
The Formation of the English Common Law: Law and Society in England from the Norman Conquest to Magna Carta.
By John Hudson. New York : Longman,1996.
[Trinity - KD 671 .H83 1996]
[Robarts - KD 671 .H83 1996X]
An introductory work for the general reader.
Vol. 1-2. By Sir Frederick Pollock and Frederic William Maitland. Reissued with a new introduction and select bibliography by S. F. C. Milsom. London: Cambridge University Press, 1968)
[St Michael's 2nd Floor - KD 3938 .P6]
By J. H. Baker. 3rd ed. London: Butterworths, 2002.
[Bora Laskin Library - KD532 .B34 2002]
A general history of the development of English legal history. Bibliographies appended to the chapters outline the literature of the field.
Translated, with revisions and notes, by Samuel E. Thorne. Cambridge Published in association with the Selden Society [by] the Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1968-77. 4 volumes; volume 2 is missing.
[Robarts K .B7977O5]
A translation of the 13th century De Legibus.
Tranlated into English by F.R.P. Akehurst. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996.
[Pratt - KJV 263 .E8613 1996]
[Robarts - KJV 263 .E86 1996X]
Customary law in thirteenth century France. Includes an index and bibliography.
By Ulrich-Dieter Oppitz. Kln: Bohlau, 1990- Vol. 1-2.
[Robarts - KK 195 .O66 1990]
A reference to the sources, literature and history of legal literature in Mediaeval Germany.
By E.N. van Kleffens. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 1968.
[St Michael's 2nd Floor - KKT 124 .K53 1968]
Includes bibliographical references and index.
By Gaines Post. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1964.
[Robarts - K .P8575S7]
[Bora Laskin - X 451 .P68]
See the article G.Post wrote "Roman Law and Early Representation in Spain and Italy, 1150-1250".
By Luis G. de Valdeavellano. Sevilla : Publicaciones de la Universidad, 1977.
[St.Michael's 2nd Floor - KKT 500 .V34 1977]
Civil law codes in Spain during the middle ages. The text includes bibliographical references.
By Carmela Prez-Salazar. Pamplona: Gobierno de Navarra, Departamento de Educacin, Cultura, Deporte y Juventud, 1995.
[Robarts - PC 4781 .P47 1995]
Laws governing the Mediaeval kingdom of Navarre in Spain until the fourteenth century. Written in Spanish.
By V. Lagns Gracia. [Aragn] : Gobierno de Aragn, Departamento de Cultura y Educacin, 1992.
[Robarts - KKT 26 .L348 1992]
Law codes governing the province of Aragon until the fifteenth century and a reference to Spanish legal terms during this period.
By Robin Chapman Stacey. Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press,1994.
[St Michael's 2nd Floor - KD 1752 .S73 1994]
Edited by Ludwig Bieler. Dublin : Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1975. Scriptores Latini Hiberniae no. 5
[St Michael's 3rd Floor - BX 2260 .I7 1975]
Penitentials and bibliographic references and index.
By John T. McNeill and Helena M. Gamer. New York Octagon Books, 1965. Records of civilization, sources and studies ; no. 29.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor - BX 2260 .M4]
Includes an appended list of manuscripts of penitentials, bibliography and index.
Edited by Mario Ascheri. Siena: Il Leccio, 1993.
[Robarts - KKH 9860 .S543A58 1993]
Mediaeval laws and sources from Siena, Italy. Articles in Italian, accompanied by documents in Latin. Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Translated by George Vernadsky. New York: Octagon Books, 1965.
[Robarts - K .M4894]
Includes an index and glossary.
By Daniel H. Kaiser. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1980.
[Robarts - K .K1374G7]
[Bora Laskin - XE 4320 .K34]
Covers 13th-15th century law and society in Russia.
Vol.1-8. Edited by Johannes Broendum-Nielsen and Poul Johns Jregensen. Kbenhavn: Gyldendalske Boghandel, Nordisk Forlag 1933-1961.
[Robarts - K .B8656D3]
Ancient law and ecclesiastical laws in Mediaeval Denmark from the thirteenth century.
By W. Croft Dickinson ; rev. and edited by Archibald A. M. Duncan. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1977.
[St Michael's 2nd Floor- DA775 .D5 1977]
With genealogical tables, maps, and an index.
By various authors with an introduction by Lord MacMillan. Edinburgh : Printed for the Stair Society by R. MacLehose, no. 1, 1936.
[Bora Laskin Rpts. Scot. C2 .S23 no.1]
By Hector L. MacQueen. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 1993.
[Bora Laskin - KF 349 .S35M32 1993]
[Robarts Library - KDC397 .M32 1993]
Discussion of feudal and common law in Scotland c. 1066-1485.
By Robin Chapman Stacey. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press,1994.
[St Michael's 2nd Floor - KD1752 .S73 1994]
By K.L. Maund. Cardiff : University of Wales Press, 1996.
[Data, Maps and Gov. Documents (5th Floor Robarts) - KD9405 .M38 1996X]
Vol 1-2. By Thomas Peter Ellis. Aalen, Germany: Scientia, 1982.
[Robarts - KD 9430 .E44 1982]
By Hywel David Emanuel. Cardiff:University of Wales Press,1967. History of law series, no. 22.
[St Michael's 2nd Floor - KD 9405 .A3 1967]
Introduction in English; text in Latin.
Edited by Dafydd Jenkins and Morfydd E. Owen. Cardiff:University of Wales Press, 1980.
[Robarts - KF 478 .W17 1980]
Discusses the legal status of women with bibliographical references and index.
By Timothy Lewis. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1913.
[Robarts, Old Class Section - LaCelt L6765g]
Vol. 1-2. Edited and translated by Aneurin Owen. London, 1841.
[St Michael's Reference - KD9405 .A3O93 1841]
Includes an English translation of the Welsh text, some Latin transcripts from the Dimetian code.
By G.R. Evans. London: Routledge, 2002.
[Robarts Library 11th Floor - KJC431 .E83 2002]
"Law, Canon: to Gratian" and "Law, Canon: after Gratian."
By R. Reynolds and
S.Chodorow, in Dictionary of
the Middle Ages vol. 7: 395-413, 413-418.
[St Michael's Reference - D114 .D5 1982]
Paris : Letouzey et An, 1935-
[St Michael's Reference - BX1936 .D5 1935]
By Stephan Kuttner. London : Variorum Reprints, 1980.
[Pontifical Institute Library - BQV116 .K87]
By Gratian. Translated into English by Augustine Thompson. Ordinary gloss, translated by James Gordley, and an introduction by
Katherine Christensen. Series: Studies in Mediaeval and Early Modern Canon Law. ; v. 2. Washington, D.C. : Catholic University of
America Press, 1993.
[St Michael's 2nd Floor - K3282 .C2G7313 1993]
The introductory section of a Mediaeval textbook on church law.
By James A. Brundage. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1969.
[St Michael's 2nd Floor - D 160 .B72]
With bibliography and indexes.
By Manlio Bellomo ; translated by Lydia G. Cochrane. Washington, D.C.:Catholic University of America Press, 1995.
[Robarts - KJ 147 .B4513 1995X]
[Bora Laskin - K 3823 .B45 1995]
Edited by Terence P. McLaughlin. Toronto : Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1952.
[St Michael's 2nd Floor - K .S94 1952]
A 12th century commentary on Gratian's Decretum, a Mediaeval textbook on church law.
By C.Duggan. London: University of London, 1963.
[Robarts - K .D8664T8]
Ecclesiastic law and sources in Great Britain.
Foundations Of The Conciliar Theory: The Contribution Of The Mediaeval Canonists From Gratian To The Great Schism.
By Brian Tierney. Brill, 1998.
[Robarts Library 9th Floor - BX821 .T54 1998]
[Emmanuel College Library - BX822 .T54 1998]
By James A. Brundage. London: Longman, 1995.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor - BV761 .B78 1995]
Includes bibliography and index.
Edited by N. P. Tanner. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 1990.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BX825 .A1990]
Contains original text with a facing English translation of all the decrees of the twenty-one councils (Nicaea I in 325 - Vatican II in 1962-1965). The introduction provides an excellent overview of the councils and gives definitions for "decrees" and "acts" and "ecumenical". Each council begins with a brief historical overview and bibliography.
By Kenneth Pennington. Aldershot, England: Variorum, 1993.
[Robarts - K446 .C36P46 1993]
Includes texts in Latin, bibliographic references and indexes.
Canonical Collections of the Early Middle Ages (ca. 400-1140): A Bibliographical Guide to the Manuscripts and Literature
By Lotte Kry. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 1999.
[St Michael's 2nd Floor - KBR3 .K47 1999]
From the History of Canon Law series. Includes indexes.
Mediaeval Sources in Translation, 22. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1980.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor - BX1935 .D5613 1980]
Translated and annotated by John Gilchrist.
By Constant van de Wiel. Louvain : Peeters Press, 1991.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor - BX1935 .W54 1991]
From early church history to the 20th century.
By William Bright. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1882.
[Victoria College, Emmanuel Library - BV761 .A65B7]
By H. J. Schroeder. St. Louis, Mo.: Herder, 1937.
[St.Michael's 3rd Floor - BQV11 .S3]
The original texts (p. -549) are in Greek or Latin. Includes index and bibliographical references.
Turnholti: Brepols, 1974. Corpus Christianorum. Series Latina
[St Michael's 3rd Floor - BQ310 .C6 v. 149]
Includes bibliographical references and index.
By Charles Munier. London : Variorum Reprints, 1987.
[Robarts - BV761 .A65M86 1987]
By Hans Barion. Bonn: L. Rhrscheid, 1931.
[Pontifical Institute - BQV230 .356 .B3]
[Pontifical Institute - BQV104 .K3 v. 5 6]
By Hermann Theodor Bruns. Berlin: G. Reimeri, 1839.
[Pontifical Insititute BQV11 .B89]
Edited by F.M. Powicke and C.R. Cheney. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1964-1981.
[Trinity/Wycliffe - BR742 .A2P6 1964 1 pt.1-2]
[Trinity - BR742 .A2P6 1964 2 pt.1-2]
[Robarts - BR742 .A2P6 v.1,pt.1-2;v.2,p.1-2(1964-c1986)]
[Pontifical Institute - BQX2006 .H22 v.1 pt.1,v.1 pt.2,v.2 pt.1,v.2 pt.2]
[Bora Laskin Law - BR742 .A2P6]
By Christopher M. Crowder. London : Edward Arnold, 1977.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor - BQX779 .C7]
By R.V. Sellers. London : S.P.C.K., 1953.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor - BQX426 .S56]
By Karl Shoemaker. New York : Fordham University Press, 2011.
[Bora Laskin Law Library - KJ1010 .S54 2011]
By Sarah Rubin Blanshei. Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2010.
[Robarts Library - KKH9850 .B57 2010]
By Alan B. Cobban. Berkeley : University of California Press, 1988.
[St Michael's 2nd Floor - LA636.3 .C6 1988]
An examination of the origins and developments of the universities at Oxford, Cambridge and others in England during the years 1066-1485.
Vol. 1-3. By Hastings Rashdall ; edited by F.M. Powicke and A.B. Emden. Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1936.
[St.Michael's 2nd Floor - LA177 .R25 1958]
An examination of universities across Europe.
By Helene Wieruszowski. Princeton, N.J. : D. Van Nostrand, 1966.
[St Michael's 2nd Floor - LA177 .W5]
With readings from primary documents.
By J. A. Clarence Smith. Ottawa : University of Ottawa Press, 1975.
[St Michael's 2nd Floor - K144 .C59]
A guide to the university teachers who reshaped Roman law.
Edited and translated by Amnon Linder. Wayne State University Press, 1997.
[Robarts - KJC5144 .M56J49 1997X]
[Bora Laskin - X381 .J496 1997]
European sources for the legal status of Jews in the Middle Ages.
The "1007 Anonymous" and Papal Sovereignty: Jewish Perceptions of the Papacy and Papal Policy in the High Middle Ages.
By Kenneth R. Stow. Cincinnati : Hebrew Union College: Jewish Institute of Religion, 1984.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor - BM535 .S696 1984]
Jewish attitudes toward the popes in the Middles Ages.
By Robert I. Burns. Berkeley : University of California Press, 1996.
[Robarts - KKT5341.64 .B87 1996X]
By Ignacio Ferrando. Zaragoza : Universidad de Zaragoza, 1994
[Robarts - DS135 .S75T614 1994X]
Twenty-three contracts written for the Jews of Toledo during the 13th-14th centuries outlining Arab-Christian-Jewish relations.
Vol. 1-2 By Yitzhak Baer. Translated from the Hebrew by Lous Schoffman. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America,1966.
[Robarts Library - DS135 .S7B343 1966]
[Victoria University Emmanuel Library - DS 135 .S7B343 1966]
By Guido Kisch. Chicago: University Press, 1949.
[Robarts - DS135 .G31K58 1970]
A historical review from 1096 to 1800.
By H.G. Richardson. London: Methuen, 1960.
[Robarts - DS 135 .E5R5]
[Victoria University Pratt Library - DS 135 .E5R5]
Study of Jewish legal status during Angevin Period, 1154-1216 in Great Britain.
By Robert Chazan. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1973.
[Robarts - DS 135 .F81C48]
Jewish life in France during the 10th-14th centuries.
By Paul Halsall.
[Available free online]
There are more sites connected to the URL address concerning edicts and legislation effecting Jews in the Roman Period.
By M. Izzi Dien. E.J.W. Gibb Memorial Trust, 1997.
[Robarts - BP 185.5 .M9I99 1997]
A study of Islamic commerical laws in the middle ages.
By Wael B. Hallaq. Aldershot, England: Variorum, 1995.
[Robarts - BP 144 .H32 1995]
By S. F. C. Milsom. Toronto : Butterworths, 1981.
[St Michael's 2nd Floor - D 671 .Z9M54 1981]
Provides a historical overview of the development of family law. Includes bibliographical references and index.
By Heinz Wilhelm Schwarz. Siegburg : F. Schmitt, 1993. Bonner historische Forschungen ; Bd. 56
[Robarts - KJC 1018 .S38 1993X]
A historical overview of the laws and legislations concerning child abuse, infanticide and children in the early middle ages.
Selected, translated, and introduced by Shannon McSheffrey. Kalamazoo, Mich. : Published for TEAMS (the Consortium for the Teaching
of the Middle Ages) by Mediaeval Institute Publications, Western Michigan University, 1995 (1997 printing). Documents of practice
[Robarts - KD 753 .L68 1995]
Sources and documents concerning matrimonial actions, marriage customs and rites in England. Includes translations from the Latin.
By Karma Lochrie. Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999. Middle Ages series.
[St.Michael's 2nd Floor - PR 275 .W6L63 1999]
Mediaeval law, secrecy, gossip, sodomy and social conditions about marriages in literature during the middle ages. Includes extensive bibliographical references.
By Michael M. Sheehan ; edited by James K. Farge; introduction by Joel T.Rosenthal. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997.
[New College - HQ 611 .S54 1997]
Essays on marriage laws, wills and family relationships during the middle ages.
The Marriage Exchange: Property, Social Place, and Gender in Cities of the Low Countries, 1300-1550.
By Martha C. Howell. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998.
[Robarts - KJC 1162 .H69 1998X]
Legal status of women concerning marital property in Flanders and France.
By Judith Olszowy-Schlanger. New York : Brill, 1998.
[Robarts - KRM 540.044 1998 .X]
[Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies - KRM 540 .O44 1998]
Includes sources and bibliographical references and indexes.
From volume 57 (2002) to the present online; and from volume 1 (1943) to volume 63 (2008) in print.
[Available online for UofT use]
[In Print: PIMS Library - Journals Area, 4th Floor, Kelly Library]
From volume 5, issue 2, 2002, to the present online; and from volume 4 (2001) to volume 10 (2008) in print.
[Available online for UofT use]
[In Print: Robarts Library - BM1 .A562]
[Available online (1967 - present) for UofT use.]
This is a huge bibliography of articles on Mediaeval studies written since 1969. All articles have been indexed by subject, date and other criteria.
[Available online (1842 - present) for UofT use.]
Bibliography of books, articles and book reviews related to Mediaeval and early modern Europe. Covers items written in the early 20th century. Not as in-depth or wide-ranging as the International Mediaeval Bibliography, but is very useful to find book reviews.