Excellent Websites for Medieval and Renaissance Info

Over the years I have collected a variety of go-to websites that I follow in my search for accurate and interesting information about the latest in medieval and renaissance research.  Since I am particularly interested in people and their social and cultural habits, sites that illuminate these subjects are the ones that I follow.  I posted a list of these sites on the
The Medieval "Website" aka Library
The Medieval “Website” aka Library
sidebar to make the aways available to you [and me]. For your additional benefit, this post will give a brief description of each.

Cour de France This is one of the best resources you will find. It covers the early middle ages to the post revolutionary period, with everything from books, data bases, events, etc. It is a jewel–almost as valuable as the French National Archives themselves which are also available online.  This one is available in multiple languages.

Medievalists.net This juicy website and newsletter brings you the latest in discoveries about what is new in the medieval world from books and book reviews to young Swedish girls finding ancient swords in lakes. Fun snippets that you can follow up. Teaching Resources for the Renaissance 1300-1700 This page from the Renaissance Society of America contains teaching tools and more that are complete and deeply researched.  One tool that I used is a free on line translation of The Heptameron by Marguerite de Navarre with study tools. Renaissance English History The joy of this site is its regular podcasts about everything Tudor. The author is passionate about Tudor history and features daily podcasts about some aspect of the period, much of which is relevant to France as well so I find it valuable. It is fascinating in its own right. The Freelance History Writer One of the absolutely best history blogs around. Susan Abernethy covers all of Europe and each of her blogs covers one topic in detail. She researches carefully and provides sources for the subject so the reader can study further if so inclined.  The site is also easy to navigate and beautifully laid out. The Monstrous Regiment of Women The author explains how this project came about. She posts little now, but her blog contains much useful info on the women of medieval and Renaissance Europe and she still blogs from time to time.  Her perspective is modern and her research impeccable. The History of Royal Women Moniek and her friends have been publishing this site for several years. I subscribe to their weekly newsletter and always find something useful in it for my period. Another favorite of mine.
Anne of Brittany
Anne of Brittany
Anne of Brittany Anne of Brittany is MY particular interest so when I discovered this article on Tudor times I immediately noted it and linked it to my site.  The author has done an excellent job outlining her life and providing references for the information.  Trustworthy and easy to read; I can say no better. All About Royal Families Kathleen von Lierop’s thorough site on the various royal families of Europe is an excellent source for info about the upper echelons. Her French royal family starts with François I so it is a bit late from my perspective, that is my own caveat.  She covers much recent history as well.  Hilde’s Home At present, Hilde is focusing on art, but her earlier posts on famous European Renaissance royals provided useful information and beautiful photos.  From her blog I found images of Queen Claude’s devices that I found nowhere else. Her current blog is lovely for those with an interest in the artistic side of things. Historian’s Notebook I include this site because the blogger runs book blog tours and these usually focus on historical novels with women heroines.  For those of us who write historical novels, it is useful to keep tabs on who is writing reviews and what they are saying. Historia This is the monthly magazine of the Historical Writer’s Association [Not to be confused with the one below]. While not strictly med/ren, it is always good for historical novelists to keep current on what is hot in our field, and this is a good magazine for that, so I include it. Historical Novel Society As an historical novelist myself, this is one of the best places to find what is being written and by whom.  It provides guides to novels by genre, reviews of many of the latest, lists of upcoming novels, and much much more.  If you are a reader it is a must for finding new books to read. If you are a writer, you absolutely must belong.  As well, there is an annual conference, one year in the U.S., one year in the U.K.

What are your favorite Medieval and Renaissance websites & blogs?

manuscript page
manuscript page
I am always looking for new and excellent web resources.  I live in Mexico, so as you can imagine I cannot find many [read no] live resources. Well, I shouldn’t exaggerate.  Last month we received an exhibit of models of Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions in a local museum.  A friend who was visiting from Montreal said she had seen it there 20 years ago! So please, give me comments with your suggestions or thoughts on mine.  Looking forward to your ideas!

Writing French Renaissance Women


This website shares information about the women of the French Renaissance — the queens, mistresses, noblewomen, writers, poets, midwives, and many more who changed France.

This site includes :

  • Articles on individual French Renaissance women [my own and links to those I find elsewhere]
  • Books and book reviews about medieval and Renaissance France
  • Historical fiction about medieval and Renaissance France, especially if it is recent and about women or has a woman as the heroine [but NO erotica or pornography]
  • Author Interviews
  • Stories about related content [e.g. subjects related to the French medieval or renaissance period such as medieval medicine]
  • Articles about the challenges of writing about either period
  • Suggestions from my readers–that’s YOU [so please suggest :)]

I also author the website Powerful Renaissance Women.