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EUH 1000: Western Perspectives I - Champagne: Primary Sources

What are Primary Sources?

Primary sources are materials created at the time of the topic you are researching, or by an eyewitness to the topic.  Primary sources enable the researcher to get as close as possible to what actually happened during an historical event or time period.  They are not commentary about your topic, but are the topic you are commenting about. 

Watch this brief video for help differentiating between primary and secondary sources:

Print Sources

The following are a select group of titles available in print.  Additional titles can be identified by searching the library catalog.


Ancient near Eastern Texts Relating to the Old Testament. 1955. Supplement. 1969. (BS 1180 P83)

Basic Documents in Medieval History. 1992. (D113.5 B37 1992)

Chronicles of the Barbarians: Firsthand Accounts of Pillage and Conquest, From the Ancient World to the Fall of Constantinople. 1998. (D 104 .C55 1998)

Chronicles of the Crusades: Eye-witness Accounts of the Wars between Christianity and Islam. 1989. (D151 C56 1989)

The Crusades and their Sources. 1998. (D151 C78 1998)

Loeb Classical Library   (search library catalog for books in this series)

A Medieval Miscellany. 2000. (D113 M415 2000)

The Middle Ages: Sources of Medieval History. 1983. (D 113 M49)