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Medieval and Renaissance Studies
A guide to research in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
Leonardo da Vinci, Machiavelle, Cesare Boria, Elizabeth I, Shakespeare, and Juan de Herrera - figures great and small, famous and little known, all contributed to the outpouring of genius known as the Renaissance. This set of volumes treats the full period of the Renaissance, from 1350 to 1650, encompassing Italy and the rest of Europe in the context of the broader world. It contains topical entries and biographies, and alphabetically arranged articles on culture, literature, philosophy, religion, economics, politics, science, and the arts, - revealing how people thought, what they believed and how they lived."
Not actually an encyclopedia but extremely useful collections of articles by major scholars organized chronologically. The link will take you to "Cambridge Histories Online." Either search for "medieval" or browse the "General History" list to find the volumes of the New Cambridge Medieval History.
Despite its obvious denominational perspective, still one of the best encyclopedias for medievalists. The paper version of the 1967-79 edition is available in the Bobst 1st-floor Reference Center at: BX841 .N44 1967 and the 2003 edition is at IFA: BX841 .N44 2002.