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People contact me on a regular basis, offering to help with the Sourcebook by typing in or scanning documents. I will add any medieval document to the Medieval Sourcebook, but I do have some specific desiderata (desired things) for their and for other parts of the Internet History Sourcebooks Project.

The list that follows is composed of the chief texts that I would like to see added - texts which are often used in teaching. These are all out of copyright as far as I know. I have included publication information for each item. The texts must be out of copyright in the United States. If you are willing to take on preparation of one of these texts, and have access to it, contact me at

[Note 2023. At this point all the books I indictaed circa 2000 have now become available in etext form - see the linked texts below.]


A number of people also contact me about the well known poem Desiderata - "Go placidly amid the noise and haste,/And remember what peace there may be in silence." I do not have the text here and I note it is a 20th century text written in 1927 by Max Ehrmann (1872-1945).  


  • John of Ephesus,Lives of the Eastern Saints. trans. E.W. Brooks, (Paris: Firmin-Didot et Cie, 1923-26) [Internet Acrhive]
  • Ancient Lives of Scottish Saints. trans. W.M. Metcalfe, (Paisley: A. Gardner, 1895)[St. Ninian, by Aelred of Rivaulx; Two lives of St. Columba, by Cuimine Ailbe, and by Adamnan; St. Kentigern, by Jocelin of Furnes; St. Servanus; St. Margaret, by Turgot; St. Magnus) [Internet Archive]
  • The Life of Otto, apostle of Pomerania, 1060-1139, by Ebo and Herbordus [tr. by] Charles H. Robinson, D. D. (London, Society for promoting Christian knowledge; New York, The Macmillan company, 1920.) [Internet Archive]
  • The Latin & Irish lives of Ciaran, by R. A. Stewart Macalister. London, Society for promoting Christian knowledge; New York, The Macmillan company, 1921) [Project Gutenberg]
  • St. Bernard of Clairvaux's Life of St. Malachy of Armagh, by H. J. Lawlor. (London, Society for promoting Christian knowledge; New York, The Macmillan company, 1920.) [ecatholic files] [Internet Archive version here]
  • Joannes de Sancto Geminiano, fl. 1296-1332.The legend of the Holy Fina, Virgin of Santo Gimignano, translated from The Trecento Italian of Fra Giovanni Di Coppo ; with introduction and notes by M. Mansfield. (London : Chatto and Windus ; New York : Duffield & Co., 1908) [Internet Archive]
  • Hrotsvitha, ca. 935-ca. 975. The plays of Roswitha translated by Christopher St. John, with an inroduction by Cardinal Gasquet and a critical preface by the translator.(London, Chatto & Windus, 1923) [repr. 1966]  [Internet Archive]
  • Angela, of Foligno, 1248?-1309. The book of divine consolation of the Blessed Angela of Foligno, Translated from the Italian by Mary G. Steegmann. Introd. by Algar Thorold.(London, Chatto and Windus; New York, Duffield & co., 1909)
  • Pisan, Christine de, ca. 1363-ca. 1431. The book of the Duke of true lovers: now first translated from the Middle French of Christine de Pisan ; with an introduction by Alice Kemp-Welch ; the ballads rendered into the original metres by... (London : Chatto and Windus, 1908) [Project Gutenberg]

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