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Lexikon des Mittelalters

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 1
  • Editions 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Praise and criticism

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]


  • Lexikon des Mittelalters. Munich: LexMA-Verlag, 1980ff. ISBN 3-423-59057-2.
  • Lexikon des Mittelalters Online. Turnhout: Brepols, 2009. ISBN 978-2-503-52415-3.


  1. ^ Holmes, G.A. (1979). "Lexikon des Mittelalters"Rev. of .  
  2. ^ Chadwick, H. (Apr 1997). "Rev. of Lexicon des Mittelalters".  
  3. ^ Koningsveld, P.Sj. van (Dec 1983). . I: Islam"Lexikon des Mittelalters"Rev. of .  
  4. ^ Koningsveld, P.Sj. van (Dec 1990). "Rev. of Lexikon des Mittelalters. II: Judaism". Numen (Leiden:  
  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".  

External links

  • Review
  • Review of the CD-ROM edition

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