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    This Bibliography was last updated in 2012.  Recent additions will be added soon.

    Note: The following books on Medieval church architecture and Medieval History are in my personal library. There are 1000’s of other books that are equally as informative.


    At the end of this list you will find a list of related historic novels plus my favorite Medieval Mystery Series.




    Ackermann, Stephen, Trier, Germany’s Oldest City, Schoning GmbH & Co, Lubeck


    Ammerich, Hans, Speyer Cathedral, Progressdruck GmbH, Speyer, 2003


    Anderson, Bernhard W., Understanding the Old Testament, Prentice-Hall, New Jersey, 1975


    Artusi, Luciano, Orsanmichele in Firenze, Edizioni Becocci, Florence  2006


    Bacherini, Paolo, All Venice, Bonechi Edizioni “II Turismo”, Florence, 2003


    Barbero, Alessandro, The Day of the Barbarians, Walker Publishing, New York, 2007


    Barrow, R.H. The Romans, Penguin Books, London, 1960


    Barrucand, Marianne, Moorish Architecture in Andalusia, Taschen, GmbH- Koln, 2007


    Bely, Lucien, The Mont Saint-Michel, Ouest-France, Rennes,1976


    Binding, Gunther, High Gothic- The Age of Great Cathedrals, Taschen, New York, 2002


    Boix, Maur M, What is Montserrat, Publicacions de l’Abadia, Monserrat, 1998


    Bourke, John, Baroque Churches of Central Europe, Faber and Faber, London, 1962


    Bovini, Giuseppe, Ravenna-its mosaics and monuments, Longo Editore, Ravenna


    Brandon, Raphael and Brandon J. Arthur, Gothic Architecture, Dover Publications, New York,2007


    Briggs, Martin S., Cathedral Architecture, Pitkin Unichrome Ltd, Great Britian, 2001


    Bumpus, T. Francis, The Cathedrals of France, T. Werner Laurie, Ltd, London, 1927


    Bustacchini, Gianfranco, Ravenna-Mosaics, Monuments and Environment, Cartolibreria Salbaroli, Ravena


    Caccin,M and Angelo,P, Basilica of Saints John and Paul – History and Art, Edizoni D’Arte Marconi, Venice


    Cahill, Thomas, Mysteries of the Middle Ages, Doubleday, New York, 2006


    Callias-Bey, Martine, Rouen Notre Dame Cathedral, Connaissance du Patrimoine de Haute, Normandie, 2004


    Calleja, Rafael Hierro, Granada and the Alhambra,Ediciones Miguel Sanchez, Granada 2005


    Cannon-Brookes, P. and C., Great Buildings of the World- Baroque Churches, Paul Hamlyn,London, 1969


    Carl, Alfred, Aachen and Its Cathedral, Die Deutche Bibliothek, Aachen, 2005


    Carment-Lanfry, A.M.,  The Cathedral Notre-Dame de Rouen, Acheve d’imprimer sur les presses de IROPA Imprimerie, Rouen, 1999


    Ceariott, Guido (Editor), Florence Art and Architecture, Tandem Verlag,GmbH 2007


    Clifton-Taylor, Alec, The Cathedrals of England, Thames and Hudson, London, 1995


    Cottle Basil, All the Cathedrals of France, Unicorn Press, London 2002


    Couch, Malcolm, Greek & Roman Mythology, Todtri Productions, New York 1997


    Cumplido, Manuel Nieto,The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, Escudo de Oro, Spain, 2007


    Dawley, Powel Mills, Chapters in Church History, Seabury Press, Greenwich, 1956


    De Burgh, W.G., The Legacy of the Ancient World, Penguin Books, New York, 1961


    Decaens, Henry, Rouen, Éditions Quest-France, Rennes,1999


    Delgado, Francisco Gil, Seville Cathedral, Escudo de Oro, Seville,2008


    Demouy, Patrick, Saint-Remi of Rheims Basilica, la Goelette


    Demouy, Patrick, Rheims Cathedral, la Goelette


    Degans, Beryle (Translator), Principles and Elements of Medieval Church Architecture in Western Europe, Fragile, 2001


    Desing, Julius, The Royal Castle of Neuschwanstein, Kienberger, Lechbruck-Germany 1998


    Desing, Julius, King Ludwig II, His life-His end, Kienberger, Lechbruck-Germany 1976


    Draine, John, Introducing the New Testament, Harper and Row, New York, 1986


    Draine, John, Introducing the Old Testament,  Harper and Row, New York, 1987


    Durston, David, Salisbury Cathedral, Pitkin Unichrome, Ltd, Great Britain, 2001


    Erlande-Brandenburg, Alain, Cathedrals and Castles: Building in the Middle Ages, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, 1995


    Erlande-Brandenburg, Alain, The Abbey Church of Saint-Denis, The Royal Tombs,


    Erlande-Brandenburg, Alain, Saint-Denis Cathedral, Editions Ouest-France, Rennes, 2003


    Fidalgo, Ana Marin, The Real Alcazar in Seville, Impressions, Spain


    Fitchen, John, The Construction of Gothic Cathedrals- A Study of Medieval Vault Erection, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1961


    Forstel, Judith, Beauvais Cathedral, Inventaire Général, 2005


    Frassetto, Michael, The Great Medieval Heretics, BlueBridge, New York, 2008


    Fremantle, Anne, A Treasury of Early Christianity, The New American Library, New York, 1960


    Gailhabaud, Jules, Great Medieval Churches and Cathedrals of Europe, Dover Publications, 2002


    Gangi, Giusseppe, Rome then and now,Alpha Italia, Rome, 2004


    Gentili, Augusto, Veronese in the Church of San Sebastiano, Chorus, Venice, 2005


    Gibbon, Edward, The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire,  University of Chicago, Great Books, 1952


    Goldsworthy, Adrian, How Rome Fell, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2009


    Glover, T.R., The Ancient World, Penguin Books, London, 1957


    Garcia-Frias, Carmen, El Escorial, Patrimonio Nacional, Madrid, 2008


    Gutscher, Daniel, Grossmunster Zurich, Society for the History of Swiss Art, Berne, 1996


    Hahn, Renate, Speyer die Kaiserstadt am Rhein,  Kaiserdom-Pavillon, 1994


    Haasen, Gisela, Hohenschwangau Palace, Hirmer Verlag, Munich, 1999


    Hall, John Whitney, History of the World, World Publications, Massachusetts, 2005


    Harris, Cyril M. (Editor),  Illustrated Dictionary of Historic Architecture, Dover Press, New York, 1997


    Hills, Ken, Bath Abbey, Jarrold Publishing, Norwich, 2002


    Historic Churches of the Old Town Zurich


    Howard, Deborah, The Architectural History of Venice, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2005


    Imhof, Michael and Kestin, Simone,  Mainz, City and Cathedral Guide, Michael Imhof Verlag, Petersburg, 2004


    Johnson, Paul, A History of Christianity, Simon & Schuster, 1976


    Jungen, Marianne, A Small Guide to Aachen Cathedral, Ker Kleine Domfuhrer, Germany,2005


    Kagan, Neil (editor), Concise History of the World, National Geographic, Washington,


    Kaiser, Jurgen, Cathedral of St. Peter- Worms, Verlag Schnell & Steiner, Regensburg, 2004


    Keates, Jonathan and Hornak, Angelo, Canterbury Cathedral, Scala Publishers Ltd., London, 2002


    Kitto, H.D.F., The Greeks,  Penguin Books, London, 1959


    King, Ross, Brunelleschi’s Dome, Walker and Company, New York, 2000


    Lebédel, Claude, Chronology of the History of France, Éditions Quest-France, Rennes, 1999


    Leclercq, Jean, The Love of Learning and the Desire for God – A Study of Monastic Culture, Fordham University Press, 1974


    Lehni, Roger, Strasbourg Cathedral, La GoeletteSt. Quen, 2002


    Le Maho, Jacques, Jumiéges Abbey, Monum, Paris, 2004


    Le Prious, Céline, The Amiens Cathedral, Éditions Quest-France, Rennes, 1996


    McNutt, Stacey, Churches and Cathedrals-Masterpieces of Architecture, Todtri, New York, 1997


    Marini, P. Luciano, The Frari’s Basilica, Kina Italia, Italy


    Martinez, Nicolas Lopez, Burgos Cathedral, Edilesa, Leon, Spain, 2004


    Matthews, Melvyn, Wells Cathedral, Jarrold Publishing, Norwich, 2002


    Maurer-Kuhn, Francois, The Cathedral of Basle, Society for the History of Swiss Art, Berne 1984


    Martinet, Suzanne, Laon Cathedral, I’Imprimerie du Courrier, Laon, 1991


    Miller, Malcolm, Chartres Cathedral, Riverside Book Company, New York, 2004


    Morgan, Morris (translator), Vitruvious – The Ten Books on Architecture, Dover Press, New York, 1960


    Mullins, Edwin, Cluny In Seach of God’s Lost Empire, Blue Bridge, New York,  2006


    Mullins, Edwin, The Popes of Avignon, BlueBridge, New York, 2008


    Naessl, Hubert, Die Meersburg, Turm-Verlag, Meersburg, 2002


    Norman, Edward, The House of God, Thames & Hudson, London,1990


    Nussbaum, Norbert, German Gothic Church Architecture, Yale University Press, 2000


    Oggins, Robin S., Cathedrals, Friedman/Fairfax Publishers, New York, 2000


    Orling, Merry (translater), Strasbourg, Casa Editrice Bonechi, Firenze, 1980


    Palladio, Andrea, The Four Books of ArchitectureDover Press, New York, 1965


    Paolucci, Antonio, The Museum of the Medici Chapels and the Church of San Lorenzo, Sillabe, Florence, 1999


    Petrosillo, Orazio, Vatican City, Edizioni Musei Vaticani, 1997


    Pucci, Eugenio, All Rome and the Vatican, Bonechi Editore, Florence, 1968


    Prentice, Sartell, The Heritage of the Cathedral: A Study of the Influence of History and Thought Upon Cathedral Architecture,  William Morrow and Co. , New York, 1936


    Prentice, Sartell, The Voices of the Cathedral: Tales in Stone and Legends in Glass, William Morrow and Co., New York, 1938


    Rebélo, Marcia, Cathédrale Notre-Dame De Noyon, Imprimerie Lescuyer, Lyon, 1992

    Reed, Henry Hope, Palladio’s Architecture and Its Influence”, Dover Publications, New York, 1980


    Ronig, Franz, Trier Cathedral, Paulinus Verlag, Trier, 1997


    Rubin, Miri, Mother of God, A History of the Virgin Mary, Yale University Press, 2009


    Sandron, Dany, Soissons Cathedral, Inventaire Général, Aisne, 1998


    Sancho, Jose’ Luis, Toledo Cathedral, A;desa. 1997


    Schafke, Werner, Romanische Kirchen in Koln, Stadt, Koln


    Schnell, Hugo and Steiner, Johnnes, Abbey Church, Maria Laach,Verlag Schnell & Steiner, Regensburg, 2005


    Schock-Werner, Barbara, Cologne Cathedral, Ziethen Verlag, Germany


    Schutz, Bernhard, Great Cathedrals, Harry N. Abrams, Inc.,  New York, 2002


    Scott, Robert A., The Gothic Enterprise- A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral, The University of California Press, Berkeley, 2003


    Scotti, R.A.,Basilica –The Splendor and The Scandal:Building of St. Peter’s, Viking, New York, 2006


    Scudieri, Magnolia, The Frescoes by Angelico at San Marco, Giunti, Florence, 2004


    Soler, Jose’, Barcelona- Then and Now,Thunder Bay Press, San Diego,CA, 2006


    Spencer, Bonnell, Ye Are the Body: A People’s History of the Church, Holy Cross, N.Y. 1958


    Stace, Bernard, Bath Abbey Monuments, Millstream Books, Somerset, 1993


    Stalley, Roger, Early Medieval Architecture, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1999


    Sutton, Ian, Western Architecture, Thames & Hudson, London, 2001


    Tarquini, Aldo, Santa Maria Novella, Largo Liverani, Firenze, 2000


    Toman, Rolf (Editor), Architecture of the Middle Ages, Feieraband, Verlag, Ohg, 2004


    Toman, Rolf (Editor), Baroque - Architecture, Sculpture and Painting, Tandem Verlag GmbH,2007


    Toman, Rolf (Editor), Churches, Cathedrals, Monasteries- Sacred German Architecture, Feierabend, Berlin, 2005


    Toman, Rolf (Editor), Gothic – Architecture, Sculpture and Painting, Konemann, Italy, 2004


    Toman, Rolf (Editor), History of Architecture, Parragon Books, Bath UK, 2008


    Toman, Rolf (Editor), Romanesque - Architecture, Sculpture and Painting, Konemann, France, 1997


    Toman, Rolf (Editor), Renaissance – Architectue, Sculpture, Painting, Drawing, Tandem Verlag GmbH, 2007


    Urbani, Maria Da Villa, The Basilica of Saint Mark, Storti Edizioni, Venezia ,2005


    Vidal-Naquet, Pierre, Editor, The Harper Atlas of World History, Harper and Row, 1987


    Visser, Margaret, The Geometry of Love, North Point Press, New York, 2000


    Visual History of the World, National Geographic, Washington, 2005


    Von Simson, Otto, The Gothic Cathedral, Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1989


    Walker, Williston, A History of the Christian Church, Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1959


    Wells, Peter, Barbarians to Anglels – The Dark Ages Reconsidered, W. W. Norton & Company, New York, 2008


    Wilson, Christopher, The Gothic Cathedral,  Thames and Hudson, New York 2004


    Wilson, Derek, Charlemagne – A Biography, Vintage Books, 2007


    Winston, Richard and Clara, Notre-Dame de Paris,  Newsweek, New York, 1971


    Wirtz, R.C., Art and Architecture of Florence, Barnes and Noble, New York,  2005


    Woolf Greg (Editor), Ancient Civilization, Thunder Bay Press, San Diego, 2005



    Bartlett, Kenneth, The Italian Renaissance, Great Courses -The Teaching Company


    Daileader, Philip, The Early Middle Ages, Great Courses -The Teaching Company


    Daileader, Philip, The High Middle Ages, Great Courses -The Teaching Company


    Daileader, Philip, The Late Middle Ages, Great Courses -The Teaching Company


    Kloss, William, Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance, Great Courses -The Teaching Company


    Ruiz, Teofilo, The Other 1492: Ferdinand, Isabella, and the Making of an Empire- The Teaching Company


    Wheeler, Bonnie, Medieval Heroines in History and Legend, Great Courses -The Teaching Company






    A few of my favorite from my library


    Cornwell, Bernard, The Grail Quest Series, The Saxon Novels 1300’s and earlier


    Falcones, Ildefonso, Cathedral of the Sea,  1st century -Barcelonia


    Follett, Ken - The Pillars of the Earth --1100’sWorld Without End—1300’s


    Howatch, Susan -  Church of England Novels   1900’s (in order)


    Lenoir, Frederic –The Angel’s Promise (Monte St. Michel)


    Penman, Sharon Kay, 13th century novels about kings – Richard III, John, Henry III, and Edward ;  A trilogy about Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine


    Reade, Charles, The Cloister and the Hearth A Tale of the Middle Ages


    Rutherfurd, Edward  Sarum ( Salisbury )


    Schantzing, Frank, Death and the Devil, (building of Cologne Cathedral)


    Trollop, Anthony,  The Barset Novels  1800’s






    I love all of these…….


    Clare, Alys, The Hawkenlyne Mysteries (1100’s England and France)


    Clynes, Michael (Paul Doherty) Sir Roger Shallot Mysteries (early 1500’s England)


    Davis, Lindsay, Marcus Didius Falco, ( lst century Rome)


    Eco, Umberto, The Name of the Rose, (1327- Italy)


    Franklin, Ariana, The Mistress of the Art of Death – (1170’s England)


    Frazer, Margaret, Dame Frevisse Tales (1430 England)


    Gellis, Roberta, The Roselynde Chronicles, (1200’s England)


    Gordon, Alan, The Fools Guild, (1200’s England)


    Gregory, Susan, Matthew Bartholomew Series, (1300’s England)


    Guillou, Jan, The Crusades Trilogy,(1100’s –Sweden)


    Harding, Paul (Doherty, P.C). ,Sorrowful Mysteries of Brothern Athelstan (1370’s- England


    Haft, White and White, The Key to “The Name of the Rose” ,The University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, 1999


    Jecks, Michael, The Knights Templar Mysteries  (1300’s England)


    Marston, Edward, The Doomsday Series, (1080’s England)


    Moore, Viviane, Chevailier Galeran Mysteries (1145- France)


    Newman, Sharan, Catherine Levendeur Mysteries (12th century France)


    Pargeter, Edith, The Brothers of Gwynedd (1228 – Wales)


    Penman, Sharon Kay, The Queen’s Man, Cruel as the Grave, Dragon’s Lair, Prince of Darkness ( 12th century – England)


    Peters, Ellis, Brother Cadfael Mysteries (12th century- England)


    Robb, Candance, The Owen Archer Mysteries (1360’s – York, England)


    Roe, Caroline, The Issac of Girona Series, 1550’s –Spain)


    Tremayne, Peter, The Sister Fidelma Mysteries, (600’s - Ireland