Printed Collections of Narrative and Non-Narrative Sources

One should consult Potthast and its revisions for general materials. Sources for specialized work include:

I. Hagiography

Biblioteca hagiographica latina. Brussels, 1898-1902 and Supplementi editio altera. Brussels, 1911.

Acta sanctorum. Brussels, 1643- . 67 volumes published thus far. Arranged by saint's day, now reaching into November. Some lives are now re-edited in the M.G.H.

J. Mabillon, Acta sanctorum ordinis sancti benedicti. 9 vols. Paris, 1688-1701.

Analecta Bollandiana. Brussels, 1881- .

The major journal for hagiography.

Related bibliography:

H. Delehaye, The Legends of the Saints, an Introduction to Hagiography. Trans. V. W. Crawford. New York, 1907.

R. Aigrain, L'Hagiographie, ses sources méthodes, histoire. Paris, 1953.

D. Knowles, "The Bollandists," Great Historical Enterprises. London, 1963. pp. 3-32.

II. Christian Writings

J. P. Migne, Patrologiae cursus completus sive bibliotheca universalis . . . omnium ss. patrum . . . Series secunda in qua prodeunt patres . . . ecclesiae latinae. Paris 1844-1862. 221 vols.

Concerning Migne, see:
P. Glorieux, Pour revaloriser Migne: Tables rectificatives. Lille, 1952.
M. Vattasso, Initia patrum latinorum. Rome, 1906-1908.

Corpus scriptorum ecclesiasticorum latinorum. Vienna 1866- . Abbreviated CSEL.

Corpus Christianorum. Turnhout: Brepols 1954- .

III. Texts of Councils

J. D. Mansi, Sacrorum conciliorum nova et amplissima collectio. Florence and Venice 1759- 1789. Enlarged edn. by J. B. Martin and L. Petit. Paris, Arnhem, Leipzig, 1901-1927.

IV. Monastic Rules

A. L. Holstein, Codex regularum monasticarum. Rome 1661. 2nd edn. Vienna, 1759, 6 vols.

V. Papal Letters

Ph. Jaffe, Regesta pontificum romanorum. 2nd edn. Leipzig, 1885-1888. 2 vols. Register of letters to 1198.

A. Potthast, Regesta pontificum romanorum. Berlin, 1874-75. 2 vols. Register of letters 1199- 1304.

P. F. Kehr, Italia pontificia. Berlin, 1906-1965. 10 vols. Papal letters pertaining to Italy.

W. Holtzmann and A. Brackmann, Germania pontificia. Berlin, 1910- .

VI. Selected Collections of Source Materials by Country


Recueil des historiens des Gaules et de la France. Paris, 1737-1786, 1806-1904. 23 vols. Arranged chronologically from Clovis to the last Capetian (1328).

Collection des documents inédits relatif à l'histoire de France. Paris, 1835- . ca. 300 vols.


E. C. Mullins, Texts and Calendars. An Analytical Guide to Serial Publications. London, 1958.

Rerum britannicarum medii aevi scriptores. London 1856-1896. 244 vols. Often referred to as the Rolls Series.


Monumenta Germaniae Historica. Hannover, Berlin, 1826- . Abbreviated MGH. Divided into several series:

Note also the journal of the MGH, Deutsches Archiv für Erforschung des Mittelalters (1950- ), together with its predecessors: Archiv der Gesellschaft für ältere deutsche Geschichtskunde (1820-1874), Neues Archiv (1876-1935), and the Deutsches Archiv für Geschichte des Mittelalters (1937-1944).
Concerning the MGH and its history, see D. Knowles, Great Historical Enterprises.


L. A. Muratori, Rerum italicarum scriptores. Milan, 1723-1751. Historical materials arranged chronologically from 500-1500. A second edition is in progress: G. Carducci, V. Fiorini, Rerum italicarum scriptores racolta degli storici italiana. Milan, 1900- .

VII. The Crusades

Recueil des historiens des croisades. Paris, 1841-1906. 16 vols. Contains both Western and Eastern accounts.