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Internet Medieval Sourcebook: Full Text Sources

Paul Halsall, ORB sources editor

The Internet Medieval Sourcebook is now part of 
ORB, the Online Reference Book 
for Medieval Studies.

Since January 20, 1996, this page has been accessed  times
note - this counter is approximate since it only records graphical hits

Last Modified: October 30, 2001   

Guide to Contents

The structure of this section of the Sourcebook is as follows. You can browse through the entire list, or jump directly to the part that interests you by selecting the underlined links.

  • Main Page
    will take you back to Sourcebook main page.
  • Selected Sources  will take you to the index of selected and excerpted medieval sources.
  • Saints' Lives will take you to the page on hagiography. Note - full text saints' lives are not listed in this "Full Text Sources" page.
  • Medieval Legal History will take you to the page on the history of law page.
  • Search the Sourcebook will enable searches of the full texts of all the source texts at Fordham, at ORB, or selected ancient, late antique, and medieval text databases.

Full Text Sources for Medieval History

Note: It may also be worth checking out the slightly mistitled Early Church Documents page of the ECOLE Project. It contains a purely alphabetical listing of historical texts (many of them here) up until circa 1300. It is especially good for varied links to various works of each of the Church Fathers.

  • copyrighted means the text is not available for free distribution. In some cases alternate versions are available, and are working through the pipeline. 
  • pub.dom means texts are public domain, or a I know public domain version exists, but I do not yet have an etext copy [feel free to send me a copy] 
  • Availability date used to be given for each text as an aid to those wanting to see what was new in the Sourcebook. This feature has been discontinued. To see new material in order of addition to the Sourcebook see the New Accessions list.
  • WEB indicates a link to one of small number of high quality web sites which provide either more texts or an especially valuable overview.


For texts in the Ante-Nicene, Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers series, see below 

NOTE: The texts at this site here are public domain English translations from the Nicene and Post Nicene Fathers series for the first Seven ecumenical councils and from H.J. Schroeder, Disciplinary Decrees of the General Councils, (St. Louis: B. Herder, 1937) [US Copyright expired - confirmed by TAN books, current owner of B. Herder's list]. These are not necessarily the best available sources for the various council texts, although they are quite serviceable, and the notes in the NPNF series are very useful. More recent editions and translations should be consulted for serious academic publication purposes. I have prepared a Guide to Documentary Sources for Catholic Teaching which lists, in some detail, what I take to be the current standard editions. 

See also Ecumenical Councils - a useful, if denominationally partisan, article from the Catholic Encyclopedia. 

There are also online etexts of council decrees from Norman Tanner, ed., Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils, (London: Sheed and Ward; Washington. D.C: Georgetown University Press. 1990).

I have made these off-site links (at http://www.ewtn.com)   available, but note that there is no indication that copy permission has been obtained. EWTN is a very conservative Catholic web site, but it does have a lot of files [over 9000].

  1. Council of Nicaea I : 325 A.D., with Catholic Encyclopedia article 
  2. Council of Constantinople I : 381 A.D.  
  3. Council of Ephesus : 431 A.D.  
  4. Council of Chalcedon : 451 A.D.  
  5. Council of Constantinople II : 553 AD  
  6. Council of Constantinople III : 680-681 A.D.  
  7. Council of Nicaea II : 787 A.D. ,  - with Catholic Encylopedia article 
    Cf. Nicea II 753 (Iconcolast Synod)
  8. Council of Constantinople IV : 869-870 A.D. 
  9. Lateran Council I : 1123 A.D. 
  10. Lateran Council II : 1139 A.D. 
  11. Lateran Council III : 1179 A.D. 
  12. Lateran Council IV : 1215 A.D. 
  13. Council of Lyons 1 : 1245 A.D. 
  14. Council of Lyons 2 : 1274 A.D. 
  15. Council of Vienne : 1311-12 A.D. 
  16. Council of Constance 1414-18 A.D.  
  17. Council of Basel-Ferrara-Florence : 1431-1435 A.D.  See also Catholic Encyclopedia: Council of Basel
  18. Lateran Council V : 1512-17 A.D.  See also Catholic Encyclopedia: Fifth Lateran Council
  19. Council of Trent : 1545-63 A.D. [at Hanover College - this is public domain]. Also a Zipped version [At EWTN]
  20. Vatican Council I : 1869 AD  
  21. Vatican Council 2: Index [Text version - at RCNET]
    Vatican Council 2: Index [HTML versions - at EWTN]

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The first six items are links to more extended collections and indexes. 

The following works by various fathers are in rough chronological order. Most are off site links to documents or indexes. 





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WEB The Early Church Fathers

Note The Medieval Sourcebook aims to present classroom sized texts. But a major resource for many scholars are the translations in the Early Church Fathers Series. The entire 38 volume set is now available on line. Some of it is nicely marked up, other texts are available only in large lumps of text. The Christian Classics Ethereal Library at Wheaton College is to site with the texts. The Library has made the texts available in both text, zipped, and, where possible, HTML form. The following information and links have been lifted directly from the Ethereal Library site 

The Early Church Fathers is a 38-volume collection of writings from the first 800 years of the Church. This collection is divided into three series, the Ante-Nicene, Nicene, and Post-Nicene Fathers.

These files have the majority of the text printed in the actual books -- however, some portions have been excluded, such as the prefaces written by the editors, footnotes, indices, etc. In fact, Volume IX of the Ante-Nicene Series was omitted because it consists entirely of index information. --Adapted from the introduction to the Electronic Bible Society CD-ROM Volume 1.

These volumes are in the process of being converted to multi-file HTML webs. The volumes that have not yet been converted are available as large text files of 1.5 to 3.5 MB each. Because of this and because the text paragraphs are not wrapped, you will probably have to download them to your system and read them with a word processor. A windows-based word processor is preferable because some special characters from the Windows character set are used. Some of the volumes that have been converted to HTML webs can be downloaded as a single zip file via FTP -- look for a file called html-web.zip.

You will soon be able to get the Early Church Fathers commercially on a CD-ROM from Logos Research, in a much improved form. Look for major improvements here, as well, in the next couple of years.

Recently Wheaton has implemented an Excite-driven Search Engine for the Early Church Fathers series.

These files are also available, usefully, in plain text form, split up into the various works, and with many typos eliminated at EWTN. EWTN is a conservative Catholic web site and has removed, as "too Protestant" all the notes and introductory matter from the files. In some cases this may have been justified, in other cases good scholarship was discarded because it offended against some modern standard of orthodoxy. Although EWTN has stuck on a claim to copyright to the "electronic form" of these texts, they are in fact all public domain in the US.


Ante-Nicene Fathers to A.D. 325

Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson, editors.

Volume I -- The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus: Clement, Mathetes, Polycarp, Ignatius, Barnabas, Papias, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus. text, text.zip, WinHelp.zip, pdf 

Volume II -- Fathers of the Second Century: Hermas, Tatian, Theophilus, Athenagoras, Clement of Alexandria. text, pdf, text.zip WinHelp.zip, hermas.rtf 

Volume III -- Latin Christianity: Its Founder Tertullian: I. Apologetic, II. Anti-Marcion, III. Ethical. text, text.zip, WinHelp.zip 

Volume IV -- Fathers of the Third Century: Tertullian, Minucius Felix, Commodianus, Origen. text, text.zip, WinHelp.zip 

Volume V -- Fathers of the Third Century: Hippolytus, Cyprian, Caius, Novatian, Appendix: Baptism of Heretics, Anonymous Treatise Against the Heretic Novatian, Anonymous Treatise on Rebaptism. text, text.zip, WinHelp.zip 

Volume VI -- Fathers of the Third Century: Gregory Thaumaturgus, Dionysius the Great, Julius Africanus, Anatolius and Minor Writers, Archelaus, Alexander of Lycopolis, Peter of Alexandria, Alexander of Alexandria, Methodius, Arnobius. text, text.zip, WinHelp.zip 

Volume VII -- Fathers of the Third and Fourth Centuries: Lactantius, Dionysius of Rome, Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, Constitutions of the Holy Apostles, The Homily Ascribed to Clement, Early Liturgies. text, text.zip, WinHelp.zip 

Volume VIII -- Fathers of the Third and Fourth Centuries: Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs, Theodotus: Excerpts, Epistles Concerning Virginity, Pseudo-Clementine Literature, Apocrypha of the New Testament, Decretals Memoire of Edessa and Ancient Syriac Documents, remains of the Second and Third Centuries. text, text.zip, WinHelp.zip 

Volume X -- Original supplement to the American Edition: Gospel of Peter, Diatessaron of Tatian, Apocalypse of Peter, Visio Pauli, Apocalypses of the Virgin and of Sedrach, Testament of Abraham, Acts of Xanthippe and Polyxena, Narrative of Zosimus, Apology of Aeristides, Epistles of Clement (complete), Origen's Commentaries on John and Matthew (partial). text, text.zip, WinHelp.zip 

Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Series I

Philip Schaff, editor


St. Augustine Volumes:

Volume I -- Prolegomena; Life and Works; Confessions; Letters html, text, text.zip, WinHelp.zip 

Volume II -- The City of God; Christian Doctrine html file, text file, text.zip, html-web.zip, WinHelp.zip 

Volume III -- Doctrinal Treatises; Moral Treatises html, text, text.zip, WinHelp.zip 

Volume IV -- Anti-Manichaean and Anti-Donatist Writings html, text, text.zip, WinHelp.zip 

Volume V -- Anti-Pelagian Writings html, text, text.zip, WinHelp.zip 

Volume VI -- The Sermon on the Mount; Harmony of the Gospels; Homilies on the Gospels html, text, text.zip, WinHelp.zip 

Volume VII -- Homilies on the Gospel and the First Epistle of John; Soliloquies html, text, text.zip, WinHelp.zip 

Volume VIII -- Expositions on the Psalms text, text.zip, WinHelp.zip html 

St. Chrysostom Volumes:

Volume IX -- Prolegomena; On the Priesthood; Ascetic Treatises; Select Homilies and Letters; Homilies on the Statues text, text.zip, WinHelp.zip 

Volume X -- Homilies on the Gospel of St. Matthew text, text.zip, WinHelp.zip 

Volume XI -- Homilies on the Acts of the Apostles and the Epistle to the Romans text, text.zip, WinHelp.zip 

Volume XII -- Homilies on the Epistles of Paul to the Corinthians text, text.zip, WinHelp.zip 

Volume XIII -- Homilies on Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Thessalonians, Timothy, Titus, and Philemon text, text.zip, WinHelp.zip 

Volume XIV -- Homilies on the Gospel of St. John and the Epistle to the Hebrews text, text.zip, WinHelp.zip 


Philip Schaff and Henry Wace, editors  

Volume I -- Eusebius; Church History; Life of Constantine the Great; Oration in Praise of Constantine html, text, text.zip, WinHelp.zip 

Volume II -- Socrates Scholasticus: Ecclesiastical History; Sozomenus: Ecclesiastical History text, text.zip, WinHelp.zip 

Volume III -- Theodoret: Ecclesiastical History, Dialogues, Letters; Jerome and Gennadius: Illustrious Men; Rufinus and Jerome; Life of Rufinus; Apology vs. Rufinus text, text.zip, WinHelp.zip 

Volume IV -- Athanasius: Select Works and Letters Alternate HTML version (with smaller files), text, text.zip, WinHelp.zip 

Volume V -- Gregory of Nyssa: Select Writings and Letters; Dogmatic Treatises text, text.zip, WinHelp.zip 

Volume VI -- St. Jerome: Letters and Select Works text, text.zip, WinHelp.zip 

Volume VII -- St. Cyril of Jerusalem: Catechetical Lectures; St. Gregory Nazianzen: Select Orations, Sermons, Letters; Dogmatic Treatises text, text.zip, WinHelp.zip 

Volume VIII -- St. Basil: Treatise De Spiritu Sancto; Nine Homilies of Hexaemeron text, text.zip, WinHelp.zip 

Volume IX -- St. Hilary of Poitiers: Select Works on the Trinity and Psalms; John of Damascus: Exposition of Faith text, text.zip, WinHelp.zip 

Volume X -- St. Ambrose: Principal Works, Dogmatic Treatises, Ethical Works, etc. text, text.zip, WinHelp.zip 

Volume XI -- Sulpitius Severus: Extant Works; Vincent of Lerins: The Catholic Faith; John Cassian: On Institutes of the Coenobia; The Eight Principal Faults; Conferences; On the Incarnation vs. Nestorius text, text.zip, WinHelp.zip 

Volume XII -- Leo the Great: Letters, Sermons; Gregory the Great: Pastoral Rule, etc. text, text.zip, WinHelp.zip 

Volume XIII -- Gregory the Great: Selected Epistles; Ephraim the Syrian: Hymns, Homilies; Aphrahat: Demonstrations text, text.zip, WinHelp.zip 

Volume XIV -- The Seven Ecumenical Councils of the Undivided Church; Canons and Decrees; Canons of Local Synods with Ecumenical Acceptance text, text.zip, WinHelp.zip 

This list of Early Church fathers texts (last modified Jan 08, 1997) taken from the Christian Classics Ethereal Library server, at Wheaton College 

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