Guide to Historical Literature (a copy is available in the History Dept office)

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Reference & Bibliography
AHA Guide to Historical Literature (a copy is available in the History Dept office)

R. Collins Keepers of the Keys of Heaven: A History of the Papacy

E. Duffy Saints & Sinners: A History of the Popes

H.J. Hillerbrand The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation, 4 vols.

J.N.D. Kelly Oxford Dictionary of the Popes

P. Levillain The Papacy: An Encyclopedia (3 vols.)

M. Mullett Historical Dictionary of the Reformation & Counter-Reformation

J. Speake Encyclopedia of The Renaissance & The Reformation

D.M. Whitford Reformation & Early Modern Europe: A Guide to Research (a comprehensive bibliography)


If you plan to use the Internet to find documents, you should check that the site is reliable and authoritative; in general, those sites affiliated with a known college or university or library are best; the bibliographies within many recent textbooks also include web sites. Here are 2 reliable sites: offers a thorough collection of primary sources organized by nation; perhaps the best resource for primary sources related to European history is

J. Aberth The Black Death: The Great Mortality of 1348-50; A Brief History with


K.J. Atchity The Renaissance Reader

J.B. Atkinson Machiavelli & His Friends: Their Personal Correspondence

S.U. Baldassarri Images of Quattrocento Florence: Selected Writings in Literature, History, & Art

K.R. Bartlett The Civilization of the Italian Renaissance: A Sourcebook

A. Borelli Selected Writings of Girolamo Savonarola; Religion & Politics, 1490-98

G. Brucker The Society of Renaissance Florence: A Documentary History

D. Chambers Venice: A Documentary History: 1450-1630

M. Chojnacka Ages of Woman, Ages of Man: Sources in European Social History, 1400-1750

Jon Cowans Modern Spain: A Documentary History

F.A. D’Accone Music in Renaissance Florence: Studies & Documents

S. Dale Chronicling History: Chroniclers & Historians in Medieval & Renaissance Italy

B. De Las Casas An Account, Much Abbreviated, of the Destruction of the Indies

C.R. de Silva Portuguese Encounters with Sri Lanka & the Maldives: Translated Tests from the

Age of Discoveries

C.S. Dixon The German Reformation: The Essential Readings

J.P. Donnelly Jesuit Writings of the Early Modern Period, 1540-1640

A. Duke Calvinism in Europe, 1540-1610: A Collection of Documents

P. Elmer The Renaissance in Europe: An Anthology

F. Fernandez- Columbus on Himself


R.C. Gibbons Exploring History, 1400-1900: An Anthology of Primary Sources

T. Helfferich A Documentary History of the Thirty Years War

L.A. Homza The Spanish Inquisition, 1478-1614: An Anthology of Sources

S.C. Karant-Nunn Luther on Women: A Sourcebook

K. Kavanaugh Teresa of Avila: The Book of Her Life

M.L. King Renaissance Humanism: An Anthology of Sources

R.M. Kingdon Registers of the Consistory of Geneva in the Time of Calvin, v. I: 1542-44

S. Kusukawa Philip Melanchthon: Orations on Philosophy & Education

P.H. Labalme Venice, Cita Excelentissima: Selections from the Renaissance Diaries of

Marin Sanudo

B. de Las Casas An Account, Much Abbreviated, of the Destruction of the Indies and

Related Texts

C. Lindberg The European Reformations Sourcebooks

D.M. Luebke The Counter-Reformation: The Essential Readings

T.F. Lull Martin Luther: Basic Theological Writings

M. Luther On Christian Liberty, with Related Texts

P.C. Mancall Travel Narratives from the Age of Discovery

P.G. Maxwell-Stuart The Occult in Early Modern Europe: A Documentary History

C. Miller Erasmus & Luther: The Battle Over Free Will

C. Miller Erasmus & Luther: Discourses on Free Will

A.R. Myers English Historical Documents: 1327-1485

M. Newitt The Portuguese in West Africa, 1415-1670: A Documentary History

J. Pelikan 55-Volume American Edition: Luther’s Works on CD-ROM

D. Potter The French Wars of Religion: Selected Documents

H. Robinson-Hammerstein Pamphlets of the German Reformation

E. Rummel Erasmus on Women

T. Scott The German Peasants' War: A History in Documents

H. Shankland The Prettiest Love Letters in the World: The Letters between Lucrezia Borgia &

Peitro Bembo, 1503-19

L.L. Snyder Documents of German History

R. Stapleford Lorenzo de’ Medici at Home: The Inventory of the Palazzo Medici in 1492

G. Strauss Manifestations of Discontent in Germany on the Eve of the Reformation

B.A. Tlusty Augsburg During the Reformation Era: An Anthology of Sources

W. Trask Joan of Arc: In Her Own Words

J. Tylus Sacred Narratives: Lucrezia Tornabuoni de’ Medici

G.B. Wegemer A Thomas More Source Book

M. Wiesner-Hanks The Renaissance & Reformation: A History in Documents

E.F. Winter Erasmus – Luther: Discourse on Free Will

J. Witte Sex, Marriage, & Family in John Calvin’s Geneva


General, Texts, & Dictionaries

K.R. Bartlett A Short History of the Italian Renaissance

L. Bernard Readings in European History

J. Black Cambridge Illustrated Atlas of Warfare: Renaissance to Revolution,


W.J. Bouwsma The Waning of the Renaissance, 1550-1640

T.A. Brady, Jr. Handbook of European History, 1400-1600, 2 vols.

E. Breisach Renaissance Europe, 1300-1517

J. Brotton The Renaissance: A Very Short Introduction

A. Brown The Renaissance

P. Burke The European Renaissance

P. Burke The Renaissance

J.H. Burns The Cambridge History of Political Thought, 1450-1700

M.L. Bush Renaissance, Reformation and the Outerworld

W. Caferro The European Renaissance

T. Cahill Heretics & Heroes: How Renaissance Artists & Reformation Priests

Created Our World

G. Campbell The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance

E. Cameron Early Modern Europe

J.E. Carney Renaissance & Reformation, 1500-1620: A Biographical Dictionary

E.P. Cheyney Dawn of a New Era, 1250-1453

P. Denley The Italian Renaissance

J. Dewald Europe1450-1789: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World

L. DiCaprio Lives & Voices: Sources in European Women’s History

A.G. Dickens The Age of Humanism and Reformation

C.J. Drees The Late Medieval Age of Crisis & Renewal, 1300-1500: A Biographical


S. Dresden Humanism in the Renaissance

G.R. Elton Renaissance and Reformation, 1300-1648

R. Ergang The Renaissance

M.W. Ferguson Rewriting the Renaissance: The Discoveries of

Sexual Difference in Early Modern Europe

W.K. Ferguson Europe in Transition, 1300-1520

W.K. Ferguson The Renaissance in Historical Thought

P. Findlen The Italian Renaissance

M.P. Gilmore The World of Humanism, 1453-1517

A. Graham-Dixon Renaissance

V.H.H. Green Renaissance and Reformation

J.R. Hale The Civilization of Europe in the Renaissance

J.R. Hale Renaissance Europe, 1480-1520

D. Hay Europe in the 14th and 15th Centuries

G. Holmes Europe: Hierarchy & Revolt, 1320-1450

Lisa Jardine Worldly Goods: A New History of the Renaissance

Paul Johnson The Renaissance: A Short History

H. Kamen Early Modern European Society

H. Kamen Who’s Who in Europe, 1450-1750

W. Kerrigan The Idea of the Renaissance

R. Kirkpatrick The European Renaissance, 1400-1600

A. Levi Renaissance & Reformation: The Intellectual Genesis

C. Levin Extraordinary Women of the Medieval & Renaissance World: A Biographical


H. Lucas The Renaissance and Reformation

R. Major The Age of Renaissance

J.J. Martin The Renaissance: Italy & Beyond

J.J. Martin The Renaissance World

C.G. Nauert Historical Dictionary of the Renaissance

C.G. Nauert Humanism & the Culture of Renaissance Europe

C.G. Nauert Humanism & Renaissance Civilization

C.G. Nauert Renaissance and Reformation

D. Nicholas The Transformation of Europe, 1300-1600

M. North The Expansion of Europe, 1250-1500

A. Pettegree Europe in the 16th Century

R. Porter The Renaissance National Context

R.J. Quinones The Renaissance Discovery of Time

P.L. Ralph Renaissance in Perspective

G. Ruggiero A Companion to the Worlds of the Renaissance

D. Rundle The Hutchinson Encyclopedia of the Renaissance

C.B. Schmitt The Cambridge History of Renaissance Philosophy

G.C. Sellery The Renaissance: Its Nature and Origins

E. Sichel The Renaissance

S. Sider Handbook to Life in Renaissance Europe

Q. Skinner The Foundations of Modern Political Thought: The Renaissance

L. Spitz The Renaissance and Reformation Movements

B. Thompson Humanists & Reformers: A History of the Renaissance & Reformation

S.P. Thompson The Renaissance

S.H. Thomson Europe in the Renaissance and Reformation

H. Trevor-Roper Renaissance Essays

A. Von Martin Sociology of the Renaissance

D. Waley Later Medieval Europe from St. Louis to Luther

D.J. Wilcox In Search of God & Self: Renaissance & Reformation Thought

K. Whitlock The Renaissance in Europe

R. Winks Europe: 1350-1650

R. Winks Europe in a Wider World, 1350-1650

J. Zophy A Short History of Renaissance & Reformation Europe

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