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Manchester Medieval Sources

This series aims to meet a growing need amongst students and teachers of medieval history for translations of key sources that are directly usable in students' own work. It provides texts central to medieval studies courses and focuses upon the diverse cultural and social as well as political conditions that affected the functioning of all levels of medieval society.

The basic premise of the series is that translations must be accompanied by sufficient introductory and explanatory material and each volume therefore includes a comprehensive guide to the sources' interpretation, including discussion of critical linguistic problems and an assessment of the most recent research on the topics being covered.

Series editors: Rosemary Horrox and Janet L. Nelson 

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 Did you know that prior to the Middle Ages, bathing was actually quite common? It wasn’t until the 16th century that public baths were opposed by church authorities as being responsible for immorality, promiscuous sex, and diseases. 

Did you know that the Middle English term “pygg” referred to a type of clay? In the Middle Ages, people would often keep coins in jars or pots made of pygg, often referred to as “pygg jars”. By the 18th century these came to be known as a “pig bank” or “piggy bank”. 

Did you know that gargoyles were not added to Churches and buildings to ward off evil spirits but to be used as drain pipes? True gargoyles project out of a wall so that rain water can flow out their mouths away from the building, rather than down the side of the building causing damage. 

Did you know that using only a set of compasses, a set square and a staff or rope marked off in halves, thirds and fifths, the innovative medieval mason was able to construct some of the most elaborate and beautiful structures ever made? 

Did you know that the Black Death was caused by a complex series of bacterial strains called Yersinia pestis (Y. pestis), found in the digestive tract of fleas? The plague bacteria is thought to have spread from the arid plains of central Asia to Europe on the backs of rats that made their way to Europe along popular trading routes.   

Did you know that the first chocolate store in England was opened by a Frenchman in the 17th century? 

Did you know that one of the earliest versions of the London Bridge was destroyed in 1014 when the Saxons rowed up the Thames and pulled it down using only boats and ropes? This incident is said to have inspired the nursery rhyme ‘London Bridge is falling down’! 

Chronicles of the Investiture Contest: Frutolf of Michelsberg and His Continuators (Manchester Medieval Sources)
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Chronicles of the Investiture Contest
Catholic England: Faith, Religion and Observance Before the Reformation (Manchester Medieval Sources)
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Catholic England
The Reign of Richard II: From Minority to Tyranny 1377-97 (Manchester Medieval Sources)
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The Reign of Richard II
Roger II and the Creation of the Kingdom of Sicily:  (Manchester Medieval Sources)
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Roger II and the Creation of the Kingdom of Sicily
Friars' Tales: Sermon Exempla from the British Isles (Manchester Medieval Sources)
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Friars' Tales
A Sacred City: Consecrating Churches and Reforming Society in Eleventh-century Italy (Manchester Medieval Sources)
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A Sacred City
Monasticism in Late Medieval England, c.1300-1535:  (Manchester Medieval Sources)
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Monasticism in Late Medieval England, c.1300-1535
Crime, Law and Society in the Later Middle Ages:  (Manchester Medieval Sources)
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Crime, Law and Society in the Later Middle Ages
History and Politics in Late Carolingian and Ottonian Europe: The Chronicle of Regino of Prüm and Adalbert of Magdeburg (Manchester Medieval Sources)
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History and Politics in Late Carolingian and Ottonian Europe
Eleventh-Century Germany: The Swabian Chronicles (Manchester Medieval Sources)
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Eleventh-Century Germany
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Court and Civic Society in the Burgundian Low Countries c. 1420-1520:  (Manchester Medieval Sources)
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Court and Civic Society in the Burgundian Low Countries c. 1420-1520
Saints and Cities in Medieval Italy:  (Manchester Medieval Sources)
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Saints and Cities in Medieval Italy
Joan of Arc: La Pucelle (Manchester Medieval Sources)
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Joan of Arc
Popular Protest in Late-Medieval Europe: Italy, France and Flanders (Manchester Medieval Sources)
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Popular Protest in Late-Medieval Europe
The Papal Reform of the Eleventh Century: Lives of Pope Leo IX and Pope Gregory VII (Manchester Medieval Sources)
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The Papal Reform of the Eleventh Century
The Templars: Selected Sources (Manchester Medieval Sources)
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The Templars
The English Manor C.1200 To C.1500:  (Manchester Medieval Sources)
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The English Manor C.1200 To C.1500
The Lives of Thomas Becket:  (Manchester Medieval Sources)
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The Lives of Thomas Becket
Ottonian Germany: The Chronicon of Thietmar of Merseburg (Manchester Medieval Sources)
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Ottonian Germany
The World of El Cid: Chronicles of the Spanish Reconquest (Manchester Medieval Sources)
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The World of El Cid
The Normans in Europe:  (Manchester Medieval Sources)
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The Normans in Europe
The Towns of Italy in the Later Middle Ages:  (Manchester Medieval Sources)
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The Towns of Italy in the Later Middle Ages
Women in England: c. 1275-1525 (Manchester Medieval Sources)
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Women in England
The Black Death:  (Manchester Medieval Sources)
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The Black Death

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