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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.

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Last Modified: October 18, 1997

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.

Full Text Sources for Medieval History

  • 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 is 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.


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

NOTE: The texts 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.

NOTE: There are etexts online 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 available, but note that there is no indication that copy permission has been obtained. The Tanner translated texts can also be accessed via the search facilities at the web site of EWTN. This is a very conservative Catholic web site, but it does have a lot of files [over 9000]. Go to and seach for "Council". The Tanner translations are there, but also with no indication that copy permission has been given by the publishers.
These texts are from the St. Michael's Depot site in Australia, so links may be a little slow in North America and Europe. As well as the HTML version of each council, a zipped file is also available.
  1. Council of Nicaea I : 325 A.D., zipped version, with Catholic Encyclopedia article
  2. Council of Constantinople I : 381 A.D. , zipped version
  3. Council of Ephesus : 431 A.D. , zipped version
  4. Council of Chalcedon : 451 A.D. , zipped version
  5. Council of Constantinople II : 553 AD , zipped version
  6. Council of Constantinople III : 680-681 A.D. , zipped version
  7. Council of Nicaea II : 787 A.D. , , zipped version - with Catholic Encylopedia article
  8. Council of Constantinople IV : 869-870 A.D., zipped version
  9. Lateran Council I : 1123 A.D., zipped version
  10. Lateran Council II : 1139 A.D., zipped version
  11. Lateran Council III : 1179 A.D., zipped version
  12. Lateran Council IV : 1215 A.D., zipped version
  13. Council of Lyons 1 : 1245 A.D., zipped version
  14. Council of Lyons 2 : 1274 A.D., zipped version
  15. Council of Vienne : 1311-12 A.D., zipped version
  16. Council of Constance 1414-18 A.D. , zipped version
  17. Council of Basel : 1431-1435 A.D., zipped version  See also Catholic Encyclopedia: Council of Basel
  18. Lateran Council V : 1512-17 A.D., zipped version  See also Catholic Encyclopedia: Fifth Lateran Council
  19. Council of Trent : 1545-63 A.D. [at Hanover College - this is public domain]
  20. Vatican Council I : 1869 AD , zipped version
  21. Vatican Council 2: index
There are also three zipped bundles of HTML tagged texts available  

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The first five 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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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

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,,, pdf

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

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

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

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,,

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,,

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,,

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,,

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,,

Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Series I

Philip Schaff, editor


St. Augustine Volumes:

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

Volume II -- The City of God; Christian Doctrine html file, text file,,,

Volume III -- Doctrinal Treatises; Moral Treatises html, text,,

Volume IV -- Anti-Manichaean and Anti-Donatist Writings html, text,,

Volume V -- Anti-Pelagian Writings html, text,,

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

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

Volume VIII -- Expositions on the Psalms text,, html

St. Chrysostom Volumes:

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

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

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

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

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

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


Philip Schaff and Henry Wace, editors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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,,

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

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

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

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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If any copyright has been infringed, this was unintentional. The possibility of a site such as this, as with other collections of electronic texts, depends on the large availability of public domain material from texts translated before 1920. [In the US, all texts issued before 1920 are now in the public domain. Texts published before 1964 may be in the public domain if copyright was not renewed after 28 years. This site seeks to abide by US copyright law: the copyright status of texts here outside the US may be different.] Efforts have been made to ascertain the copyright status of all texts here, although, occasionally, this has not been possible where older or non-US publishers seem to have ceased existence. Some of the recently translated texts here are copyright to the translators indicated in each document. These translators have in every case given permission for non-commercial reproduction. This site is intended for educational use. Notification of copyright infringement will result in the immediate removal of a text until its status is resolved.

(c)Paul Halsall, January 1996 - May 1997