Sunday, October 29, 2017

SCA Curiosity And The Internet Medieval Sourcebook

I've been hunting down my favorite online medieval sources. Some time since I composed my last text the Internet Medieval Sourcebook received a new look. In fact the whole Internet History Sourcebooks Project (IHSP) has been updated. It's new and improved.

As someone in the SCA, if you haven't found the IHSP yet you are missing out on heaven. The IHSP is a website with troves of ancient, medieval and modern primary source documents. It also has links to maps, secondary sources, bibliographies, images, and music. It was created in 1996 as a textbook alternative.

The IHSP is located at the Fordham University History Department and Center for Medieval Studies. Its editor is Paul Halsall, and Jerome S. Arkenberg is the contributing editor. The IHSP is a collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented without advertising. 

The 
Internet History Sourcebooks Project is a humongous collection requiring constant updating. In addition to the large individual collections of the Medieval, Ancient, and Modern Sourcebooks, the IHSP also includes separate Sourcebooks on African, ByzantineEast Asian, Global cultural interaction, Indian, Islamic, Jewish, LGBT, Science, and Women's History.

While many sources would help if you were doing persona research I particularly like ancient or medieval legal sources for writing scroll text. The great thing about the revised format is the search box found in the upper right corner. Through it, I found specific useful search entries: charters, patents, Burgundy, scribe.

Additionally, the IHSP include a Brief Citation Guide. This is a great help if you plan to enter a Calontir Kingdom Arts and Sciences competition.

Can you tell how much I love the IHSP, particularly the Medieval Sourcebook. Now to find what I started out to search.