Primary sources are objects produced by participants or direct observers of an event or time period. These sources may be created or recorded during the event or later on by a participant reflecting on the event. In some cases, it will be difficult to obtain the original source, so you may have to rely on copies (photocopies, microfilm, digital copies). Copies or transcriptions of a primary source are considered primary sources in most cases. Some types include:
Searchable by century or with the entire corpus, digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government.
Bibliothèque virtuelle des manuscrits médiévaux (site in French and English) (CNRS)
digital library of medieval manuscripts from French libraries across the country excluding the French National Library.
Unsubscribed content only. A collection of nearly 1300 volumes of primary and secondary content relating to British and Irish history, and histories of empire and the British world.
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Over 3,000 titles documenting the history of the Inquisition and the persecution of witchcraft, primarily in Europe.
Full text digital archive enabling you to cross search, view and download over 460,000 texts published in the late C15th to the long C19th from four key collections. Not all texts available from this platform:
Early English Books Online (EEBO) (1473-1700)
Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) (1701-1800)
65,000 British Library 19th Century texts (BL) (1789-1914)
UK Medical Heritage Library (UKMHL) (1800s-1900s)
Portal de Archivos Españoles (PARES) (in Spanish)
Homza, Lu Ann. The Spanish Inquisition, 1478-1614 An Anthology of Sources / Edited and Translated by Lu Ann Homza. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc., 2006.
Kagan, Richard L., and Abigail. Dyer. Inquisitorial Inquiries : Brief Lives of Secret Jews and Other Heretics / Edited and Translated by Richard L. Kagan and Abigail Dyer. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.
Levack, Brian P. The Witchcraft Sourcebook / 2nd ed. London: Routledge, 2014.
Ogden, Daniel. Magic, Witchcraft, and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds A Sourcebook. Oxford: Oxford University Press, USA, 2002.
Peters, Edward. Heresy and Authority in Medieval Europe : Documents in Translation / Edited, with an Introduction, by Edward Peters. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1980.
Wakefield, Walter L., and Austin P. Evans. Heresies of the High Middle Ages : Selected Sources. Translated and Annotated by Walter L. Wakefield and Austin P. Evans. New York: Columbia University Press, 1991.
Witch-hunting in seventeenth-century New England: a documentary history
Ebook on order. Print available.
Global Medieval Sourcebook (Stanford University)
Internet Medieval Sourcebook (Fordham University)
A Guide to the Primary Sources of the Salem Witchcraft Trials
Includes links to the handwritten records in PDF
Handlist of Online Medieval Sources in Recent English Translation (Yvonne Seale, SUNY Geneseo)
Links to various sources in translation.
Survey of Scottish Witchcraft Database
Searchable links to nearly 4,000 records of accused witches, and documentation of witchcraft belief
Wikipedia’s list of English Translations from Medieval Sources
Extensive list from various sources.
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