Medieval studies are rife with strange terminology, so it helps to have an assortment of specialised glossaries available.

Medieval Church Glossary

This is a home grown production from the Elephant Book stable, so I won't give it a star rating. However, it should be a useful tool for anything to do with the medieval church. It is also part of the Medieval Writing web site.

Medieval Writing - Glossary

Also one of ours, this gives a range of terms relating to all aspects of medieval manuscripts and their production.

New York Carver - Scriptorium

This is a glossary of manuscript terms, a bit different to the above, so if you can't find it there, try here.

ORB Guide to Medieval Terms

A very useful general glossary containing a good selection of technical and legal terms.

NetSERF's Hypertext Medieval Glossary

Also a good general glossary, perhaps not quite as comprehensive as the previous, but with various cross linkages from words in the definition.

Glossary of Medieval Art and Architecture

An excellent specialised glossary, illustrated and crosslinked. The sound files that attempt to teach you to pronounce the words seem a little flaky but the little graphics are great.

Legal Terms in Land Records

A simple but very useful glossary of legal terms associated with land tenure. Very useful for decoding charters.

Medieval Resources

A series of plain text glossaries divided into various medieval topics.

Glossary of Terms for Pre-Industrial Book History

A simple text glossary of terms associated with manuscript and early printed book production.

Medieval English Towns - Glossary

This contains a limited list of terms, mainly relating to town life and the legalities thereof, but the explanations of terms are lengthy and crosslinked. A good specialised glossary.


A brief glossary of mainly, but not entirely, architectural terms.

ORB Medieval Music Glossary

A plain text glossary of specialised interest.

Medieval Drama Glossary

A very brief glossary, mainly of religious terms relating to the Mystery Plays.

Hemyock Castle: Feudal, Medieval and Castle Terms

A good basic glossary of useful medieval words, and if you mouse around the site in general, you can make a booking to stay in the castle. Don't you just love the Web!

Hemyock Castle: Glossary of Ancient Weights and Measures

For those too young to remember rods, poles and perches, or even pounds, shillings and pence, not to mention tuns and pottles, this useful resource may be very handy; from the same source as the above.

Glossary of Medieval Cooking Terms

From the best site on medieval food on the web, this will help you understand those medieval recipes, and they reference their sources.

Glossary of Medieval and Renaissance Culinary Terms

If, perchance, you can't find what you want in the above, try this one.

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