Documents of Practice Series

Medieval Institute Publications at Western Michigan University publishes the Documents of Practice series for TEAMS: Teaching Association for Medieval Studies.

Series Introduction

The TEAMS Documents of Practice Series is designed for classroom use. Its goal is to make available to teachers and students volumes that contain translations of selected primary documents that illustrate various aspects of the life experience of medieval men and women. By making some of the matter of historical generalization available to students, the series enlivens efforts to understand what medieval people thought and felt as they moved through the major passages of their lives.

  • Editors and Editorial Board

    Editorial board

    Proposals or completed projects to be considered for publication by Medieval Institute Publications should be sent to Tyler Cloherty, acquisitions editor for the series, or the series editor, Joel T. Rosenthal, emeritus, State University of New York, Stony Brook.

    The advisory board comprises:

    • Joel T. Rosenthal, emeritus, State University of New York, Stony Brook, Series Editor
    • William Chester Jordan, Princeton University
    • Sara Lipton, Stony Brook University
    • Jonathan Rotondo-McCord, Xavier University of Louisiana.

All Books in This Series

  • Wills and Testaments in Medieval England from the Thirteenth to the Sixteenth Century

    Cover of Wills and Testaments in Medieval England from the Thirteenth to the Sixteenth Century, edited by Robert A. Wood: An image of a medieval will with multiple seals hanging from the bottom, on a purple background.

    Wills and Testaments in Medieval England from the Thirteenth to the Sixteenth Century

    Edited by Robert A. Wood

    This volume explores the will-making process in late medieval England for all levels of society. Wills are some of the most studied records of the late Middle Ages and capture the evidence of what people owned and the patterns of family relationships. These documents, compiled from several archives and city records, cast a light on many aspects of medieval life, including gender distinctions and the heavy influence of the church. Included are wills from widows, tradespeople and artisans, clergy and high-ranking wealthy people, and through these sources he shows how wills, inventories and testaments prepared people and their souls for the afterlife.

    ISBN 978-1-58044-529-0 (paperback), 978-1-58044-530-6 (hardback), 978-1-58044-531-3 (PDF) © 2023

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  • Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Northern Europe, 1080-1350

    "Cover image of Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Northern Europe, 1080–1350: a medieval manuscript image of a Hebrew letter under two entwined dragons, on a purple background"

    Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Northern Europe, 1080-1350

    Edited by Tzafrir Barzilay, Eyal Levinson, and Elisheva Baumgarten

    Designed to introduce students to the everyday lives of the Jews who lived in the German Empire, northern France, and England from the 11th to the mid-14th centuries, the volume consists of translations of primary sources written by or about medieval Jews. Each source is accompanied by an introduction that provides historical context. Through the sources, students can become familiar with the spaces that Jews frequented, their daily practices and rituals, and their thinking. The subject matter ranges from culinary preferences and even details of sexual lives, to garments, objects, and communal buildings. The documents testify to how Jews enacted their Sabbath and holidays, celebrated their weddings, births and other lifecycle events, and mourned their dead. Some of the sources focus on the relationships they had with their Christian neighbors, the local authorities, and the Church, while others shed light on their economic activities and professions.

    ISBN 978-1-58044-478-1 (paperback), 978-1-58044-479-8 (hardback), 978-1-58044-480-4 (PDF) © 2022

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  • Henry VII's London in the Great Chronicle

    Cover image of Henry VII's London in the Great Chronicle, edited by Julia Boffey: a woodcut of a medieval cityscape on a purple background.

    Henry VII's London in the Great Chronicle

    Edited by Julia Boffey

    This modernized extract from The Great Chronicle of London covers the reign of England’s first Tudor king, Henry VII (1485-1509). It gives an eye-witness account of events in London, and of news from elsewhere, from the viewpoint of a well-to- do citizen who was closely involved in civic administration. It describes many notable public events: riots and uprisings, executions, coronations, royal marriages and funerals, and ceremonial activities involving the mayor and aldermen. Its year by year entries also cover matters like the weather, the cost of living, taxes, and the effects of building work undertaken in the city. Although its compiler worked to a scheme common to other London chronicles from the period, he was ready to express his own views on a number of matters, and wrote with keen observation and occasional wit.

    ISBN 978-1-58044-382-1 (paperback), 978-1-58044-383-8 (hardback) © 2019

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  • Medieval Latin Liturgy in English Translation

    Cover image of Medieval Latin Liturgy in English Translation: Additional 19897, Mass of Gregory, Jean d'Armagnac, ca. 1470, fol. 12, copyright British Library Board

    Medieval Latin Liturgy in English Translation

    Edited by Matthew Cheung Salisbury

    In this volume, readers experience, in English translation, the colorful and varied textual fabric of the most important literary and creative repertory of the Middle Ages: the Latin Liturgy.

    ISBN 978-1-58044-300-5 (hardback), 978-1-58044-269-5 (paperback) © 2017

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  • John Stone's Chronicle: Christ Church Priory, Canterbury, 1417–1472

    Cover of John Stone's Chronicle: Christ Church Priory, Canterbury, 1417-1472: the title on a white background in black, with the initial J as a large, foliate initial in white on a green square

    John Stone's Chronicle: Christ Church Priory, Canterbury, 1417–1472

    Selected, translated and introduced by Meriel Connor

    It is the purpose of this small book to offer to the reader selections from Stone's modest compilation of the internal life of his own monastic community—obituaries of monks, the celebration of the liturgy, even the weather—set against the wider events of the tumultuous fifteenth century in England.

    ISBN 978-1-58044-107-0 (paperback) © 2010

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  • Medieval Notaries and Their Acts: The 1327–1328 Register of Jean Holanie

    Cover of Medieval Notaries and Their Acts: The 1327-1328 Register of Jean Holanie: the title on a mottled light pink background in green, with the initial M as a large, foliate initial in a green square

    Medieval Notaries and Their Acts: The 1327–1328 Register of Jean Holanie

    Introduced, edited and translated by Kathryn L. Reyerson and Debra A. Salata

    The book explores the beginnings of the continental European notarial tradition, acquainting readers with the format of notarial documents, the books containing notarial acts, and with the variety of notarial acts.

    ISBN 1-58044-081-9 (paperback) © 2004

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  • Regular Life: Monastic, Canonical, and Mendicant "Rules"

    Cover of Regular Life: Monastic, Canonical, and Mendicant "Rules": the title on a white background in orange, with the initial R as a large, foliate initial in white on an orange square

    Regular Life: Monastic, Canonical, and Mendicant "Rules"

    Selected and introduced by Daniel Marcel La Corte and Douglas J. McMillan

    As the editors note in their introduction, "The purpose of this book is to introduce the reader to the "Rules" of life of the major religious orders within the monastic, canonical and mendicant traditions."

    Second Edition: ISBN 1-58044-079-7 (paperback) © 2004

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  • Women and Monasticism in Medieval Europe: Sisters and Patrons of the Cistercian Reform

    Cover of Women and Monasticism in Medieval Europe: Sisters and Patrons of the Cistercian Reform: the title on a mottled light blue background in dark green, with the initial W as a large, foliate initial in a dark green square

    Women and Monasticism in Medieval Europe: Sisters and Patrons of the Cistercian Reform

    Selected, translated and with an introduction by Constance H. Berman

    A selection of documents, translated primarily from medieval Latin but occasionally from Old French, that show how religious women and their patrons managed resources to make monastic communities—particularly a variety of Cistercian communities—work.

    ISBN 1-58044-036-3 (paperback) © 2002

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  • A Slice of Life: Selected Documents of Medieval English Peasant Experience

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    A Slice of Life: Selected Documents of Medieval English Peasant Experience

    Edited, translated and with an introduction by Edwin Brezette DeWindt

    These are the only written materials that permit some measure of personalized contact with specific men and women from the past, so this gives them a special importance.

    ISBN 1-879288-73-7 (paperback) © 1996

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  • Sources for the History of Medicine in Late Medieval England

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    Sources for the History of Medicine in Late Medieval England

    Selected, introduced and translated by Carole Rawcliffe

    The material contained [here] derives from a wide variety of printed and manuscript sources, chosen to give some idea of the rich diversity of evidence available to the historian of English medicine and its place in society during the fourteenth, fifteenth, and early sixteenth centuries.

    ISBN 1-879288-54-0 (paperback) © 1995

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  • Love and Marriage in Late Medieval London

    Cover of Love & Marriage in Late Medieval London Edited and translated by Shannon McSheffrey: the title in red, with a large initial L with a foliate design, on a pink background

    Love and Marriage in Late Medieval London

    Selected, translated and introduced by Shannon McSheffrey

    Depositions (or testimony) in marriage cases brought before fifteenth-century English church courts reveal the attitudes and feelings of medieval people towards the marital bond.

    ISBN 1-879288-53-2 (paperback) © 1995

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