Latin-Language Literatures (Medieval and Neo-Latin)


IJsewijn, Jozef, and Dirk Sacré. Companion to Neo-Latin Studies. 2nd ed. 2 vols. Leuven: Leuven UP, 1990–98. Humanistica Lovaniensia Supplementa 5, 14. PA8020.I37 870′.9′003.

A survey and bibliography of Latin-language works written between 1300 and 1990. Vol. 1 offers a country-by-country history of Neo-Latin literature; each chapter concludes with a selective list of bibliographies, general works, cultural and literary histories, studies of genres, anthologies, and journals. Vol. 2 provides selective bibliographies of genres, language and style, prosody and metrics, texts and editions, and the development of Neo-Latin studies. Five indexes in each volume: persons; places; literary subjects; other subjects; manuscripts. Written for the most part by one of the foremost Neo-Latinists, the Companion is the essential guide to the subject, important for its historical surveys as well as its compilation of widely dispersed scholarship and editions.


Strecker, Karl. Introduction to Medieval Latin. Trans. and rev. Robert B. Palmer. 4th ed. Dublin: Weidmann, 1967. 174 pp. PA2816.S87.

A survey of reference sources, editions, and scholarship (principally through 1955, with some additions through 1961) that describes and occasionally evaluates general reference works, dictionaries, literary histories, periodicals, libraries, paleographical guides, and studies of language, poetry, and prose. Additions and corrections appear on pp. 161–74. Two indexes: subjects; scholars. Although poorly organized in places and now dated, the Introduction remains a standard guide. Supplement coverage with IJsewijn, Companion to Neo-Latin Studies (S4935); Albert C. Friend, “Medieval Latin Literature,” pp. 1–33 in Fisher, Medieval Literature of Western Europe (M1830); and Medieval Latin: An Introduction and Bibliographical Guide, ed. F. A. C. Mantello and A. G. Rigg (Washington: Catholic U of America P, 1996; 774 pp.). The first part of the last work lists reference works; however, the descriptions and evaluations are sometimes inaccurate (e.g., Bibliographie internationale de l’humanisme et de la Renaissance [M2025] is deemed “comprehensive”), and the lack of a subject index makes the work much less accessible than it should be.