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Medievalism (Penn State Berks)

Welcome to the library guide for Medievalism students in ENGL 190Q and other medievalism classes at Penn State Berks!


Abyde!  (Middle English for "welcome"). 

This site features books, library databases, and credible web resources about Medievalism. 

Medievalism has been defined in various ways.  Medievalism is essentially the appropriation and adaptation of the Middle Ages across time.  Oxford English Dictionary defines it as "the adoption of, adherence to, or interest in medieval ideals, styles, or usages."

Select from the blue tabs at the left to begin your foray into the world of knights, castles, and dragons!

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Eyewitness to Medieval History

Read true, firsthand accounts of Knights, Crusades, Vikings, Monasteries.  How do these compare with modern depictions?

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How to Jumpstart Your Search...

Try the Penn State Libraries' Credo Reference database--it covers many topics for medieval history buffs!

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Internet Medieval Sourcebook

Travel back to medieval times by reading these key primary sources.

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How to Make an Appointment at the Writing Center

Schedule an appointment with a tutor at the PSU Berks Writing Center for top-notch writing assistance.

Medieval Studies - Oxford Bibliographies

Need scholarly sources?  Check Oxford Bibliographies for the experts' top picks.

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Game of Thrones Versus History

"Aside from the fantastical elements, Game of Thrones really does mirror historic events and bloody battles of medieval times—but how closely?"

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Studies in Medievalism

A "must see" resource for all Penn State medievalists!

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