It is possible to do a quick and dirty, one box keyword search of the contents of the MSU Libraries' web site, starting at the top left of the Libraries' home page. The results will be sorted into several categories to follow up on: articles from journals, books/media from our online catalog, databases, library research guides like this one, other. Watch a short video about it here. To do a more traditional search, read on.
Books and Media (online catalog) contains the holdings of the M.S.U. Libraries. Search by author's name(s), remembering that institutions, governments, or organizations may be authors as well as individuals, by title of a particular work or periodical, by author/title combination, by keyword, by subject heading, or by call number.
Keywords are the natural language words that occur to you to describe your topic.
Subject headings are controlled vocabulary words and phrases assigned to each item in the catalog. Cataloging librarians at the Library of Congress assign several subject headings to each item based upon examination of the contents. M.S.U. Libraries uses their system of headings. Some suggested subject headings are below.
Search by keyword? Search by subject heading? How to decide? Best quality retrieval intellectually is usually achieved by searching using the official L.C. subject headings. However, new topics may not have official subject headings yet; for those keyword searching may work better.
How to find the official subject headings? Below is a list of L.C. subject headings that might come in handy for your work on medieval Spain. For others, ask to see the L.C. List of Subject Headings books in the Reference Collection at Z 695.... Or, just try a keyword or phrase in the subject search mode and see if it works. It might. Or, the system might provide suggestions.
It is always possible to start off with keyword searches and notice the subject headings at the end of the catalog record of the items you find that look best and then search using those subject headings.
Keywords may be combined using and, or, not. For example: santiago and military
Remember that people's names, places, groups, events may also be subject headings, too. Examples: Egerius. Santiago de Compostela.Templars. Crusades.
If you are looking for primary sources, pay attention to the sub-headings of the L.C. subject headings. Look for sub-headings such as sources, correspondence, early works to 1800, personal narratives, archives, archival resources, diaries, manuscripts, manuscripts--facsimiles.
Books and reading history
Books and reading Spain history to 1500
Books history 400-1400
Books Spain history
Christian pilgrims and pigrimages
Cities and towns medieval
Clothing and dress history medieval 500-1500
Clothing and dress in art
Clothing and dress in literature
clothing and dress Spain
Color in heraldry
Costume history medieval 500-1500
Crosses in heraldry
Crowns in heraldry
Devices (heraldry) [use instead of coats of arms]
Education medieval Spain
Heraldry [use instead of coats of arms]
Illumination of books and manuscripts Spanish
Illumination of books and manuscripts medieval
Knights and knighthood
Military religious orders
Monastic and religious life Mediterranean region history
Nobility education medieval
Orden de Calatrava
Orden de Santiago
Orders of knighthood and chivalry Spain
Roads Europe history
Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
Spain civilization to 711
Spain civilization 711-1516
Spain history to 711
Spain history Gothic period 414-711
Spain history 711-1516
Spain history Ferdinand and Isabella 1479-1516
Spain history military
Spain intellectual life to 711
Spain intellectual life 711-1516
Spain social conditions to 1800
Spain social life and customs
Travel religious aspects Christianity to 1500
Women and religious travel
Women education Spain
Women history Middle Ages 500-1500
Women legal status laws etc. Spain
Women prayers and devotions Spanish
Women religious life Spain history
Women Spain history
Another way to show devotion to the Church was to build grand cathedrals and other ecclesiastical structures such as monasteries. Cathedrals were the largest buildings in medieval Europe, and they could be found at the center of towns and cities across the continent.
Between the 10th and 13th centuries, most European cathedrals were built in the Romanesque style. Romanesque cathedrals are solid and substantial: They have rounded masonry arches and barrel vaults supporting the roof, thick stone walls and few windows. (Examples of Romanesque architecture include the Porto Cathedral in Portugal and the Speyer Cathedral in present-day Germany.)
Around 1200, church builders began to embrace a new architectural style, known as the Gothic. Gothic structures, such as the Abbey Church of Saint-Denis in France and the rebuilt Canterbury Cathedral in England, have huge stained-glass windows, pointed vaults and arches (a technology developed in the Islamic world), and spires and flying buttresses. In contrast to heavy Romanesque buildings, Gothic architecture seems to be almost weightless.Medieval religious art took other forms as well. Frescoes and mosaics decorated church interiors, and artists painted devotional images of the Virgin Mary, Jesus and the saints.
Also, before the invention of the printing press in the 15th century, even books were works of art. Craftsmen in monasteries (and later in universities) created illuminated manuscripts: handmade sacred and secular books with colored illustrations, gold and silver lettering and other adornments. In the 12th century, urban booksellers began to market smaller illuminated manuscripts, like books of hours, psalters and other prayer books, to wealthy individuals.