Lexikon des Mittelalters

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Lexikon des Mittelalters

The Lexikon des Mittelalters (LexMA) is a German encyclopedia on the history of the Middle Ages. Written by authors from all over the world, it comprises more than 36,000 articles in 9 volumes. The first six volumes were published by Artemis (later Artemis & Winkler), Munich and Zürich; volumes seven through nine by LexMA, Munich. In 2000, an electronic (standalone) edition of the Lexikon was published on CD-ROM by Brepols.

Praise and criticism[edit]

The first volume was widely praised upon publication; G.A. Holmes, in The English Historical Review, foresaw that the entire encyclopedia would be "a valuable reference work of a kind which medievalists hitherto lacked."[1] H. Chadwick, in The Journal of Theological Studies, called the lexicon "a necessary and valuable work of reference." [2] Its coverage of subjects related to Islam was praised,[3] though the same reviewer called the coverage of topics related to Judaism "comparatively modest."[4]

The CD-ROM edition was chosen as one of the "Selected Reference Books of 2001-2002" by College & Research Libraries.[5]

Editions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Holmes, G.A. (1979). "Rev. of Lexikon des Mittelalters". The English Historical Review (Oxford University Press) 94 (371): 440–41. ISSN 0013-8266. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  2. ^ Chadwick, H. (Apr 1997). "Rev. of Lexicon des Mittelalters". The Journal of Theological Studies 48 (1): 304. ISSN 0022-5185. 
  3. ^ Koningsveld, P.Sj. van (Dec 1983). "Rev. of Lexikon des Mittelalters. I: Islam". Numen (Leiden: Brill) 30 (2): 265–68. ISSN 0029-5973. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  4. ^ Koningsveld, P.Sj. van (Dec 1990). "Rev. of Lexikon des Mittelalters. II: Judaism". Numen (Leiden: Brill) 37 (2): 277–79. doi:10.2307/3269868. ISSN 0029-5973. JSTOR 3269868. 
  5. ^ "Graduate students and faculty in all aspects of Mediaevistik will find the LexMA invaluable." Green, Karen; Eileen McIlvaine (March 2008). "Selected Reference Books of 2001/2002". College & Research Libraries (Association of College and Research Libraries) 64 (2): 151–62. ISSN 0010-0870. Retrieved 2009-02-24.  [dead link]

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