“Middle Ages for Educators” Website

In an effort to help with distance learning, teaching and research, medievalists Merle Eisenberg, Sara McDougall, and Laura Morreale have created a new website: Middle Ages for Educators.

The website offers a wide range of materials.

  • Primary sources in Translation: found here with descriptions
  • Videos, podcasts, and useful websites for teaching can be found under Linked Resources- Teaching
  • Linked Resources offers links to existing medieval resources, specialist lectures, digitized manuscript collections, open-access publishing, and resources from adjacent fields
  • Try out our resource exchange for help with locating secondary sources now that libraries are closed

Middle Ages for Educators also offers teaching-focused video lectures.

  • In a short video, Dan Smail discusses the intimate effects of the Black Death in Marseille by recounting the story of a young woman Alayseta Paula. Smail takes you on a journey from the invention of paper that fueled the rise of documentary culture in the west to the curious and unresolved note that the word for “plague” was effaced from Alayseta’s court record.
  • Dana Wessell Lightfoot has shared some of her lectures, including her slides, for example this fantastic exploration of race, racism, and medieval history that can be easily incorporated into your virtual courses.

There is a lot more on the website, so please visit and tell us what you think. This is a work in progress and we highly encourage comments, criticisms, and, most importantly, contributions for more content.

Many more colleagues are preparing contributions on the sources they know best, so check back frequently for more content, and watch for our announcements on twitter and elsewhere at #middleagesforeducators.

Thanks so much!

Merle Eisenberg, Postdoctoral Fellow, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) University of Maryland
Sara McDougall, Associate Professor of History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York
Laura Morreale, Independent Scholar

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