Welcome to the new home of the ORB on the web!

The ORB has moved to its new home at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York.
Unfortunately, its name has changed, since we can no longer use our old address.

The new address, as of 2004, is


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There is also a new search engine on most of the pages which should facilitate finding what you want quickly.

Your old bookmarks should work, with an important change: Make sure that all the filenames in your bookmarks are in lower case letters and that you remove the old address “orb.rhodes.edu” from the path. For example, an address of one of the internal ORB bookmarks should look like this:


with all filenames in lower case. The old paths are still there, so if you are having trouble locating a page, it is probably due to the fact that you are missing either “the-orb.net” or your filenames have upper case letters.

The new Editor is Kathryn Talarico, who can be reached at Editor@the-orb.net

The ORB is an academic site, written and maintained by medieval scholars for the benefit of their fellow instructors and serious students. All articles have been judged by at least two peer reviewers. Authors are held to high standards of accuracy, currency, and relevance to the field of medieval studies. NOTE: ORB’S OCLC number is 35987956. Quick connect to other major medieval studies sites: Labyrinth | Internet Medieval Sourcebook | Netserf | Argos | World Wide Web Virtual Library/Medieval

Click here to read our statement on external links

What’s New in ORB?

Writing a Research paper? Seeking Information? Please start here.

The ORB Encyclopedia

Start your ORB explorations here! A chronological and geographical index of essays, bibliographies, images, documents, links, and other resources, selected by ORB section editors to illustrate their selected topics The ORB Textbook Library

Full-length textbooks, written by experienced scholar-teachers and tested both in the classroom and on the internet. They are fully copyrighted but available for classroom use.

What Every Medievalist Should Know

The essential tools of the medievalist, provided by James Marchand and eduted by Stephen Mark Carey. These 45 lists, arranged topically and alphabetically, comprise the premier guide to medieval studies Resources for Teaching

Sample syllabi from our contributors; related teaching materials, including study questions, writing guides, and tips for test-takers; subject-specific bibliographies, graphics, software, more.
Of General Interest

You’ve seen the movie, now read the book(s)…a collection of resources gathered especially for the nonspecialist. External Links

Sites of interest to ORB users–everything from French medieval drama texts and a patristics data base to English towns and churches. Some of these are in the process of becoming part of ORB.


New transcriptions and/or translations of important medieval texts that have not previously been accessible in print or electronic format. The ORB Reference Shelf
Links to excerpts and full texts from primary and secondary sources, housed here at the ORB server or elsewhere on the World Wide Web.

About ORB This page is currently under construction.

Who we are, what we do, how to contact us, becoming a contributor, and statistics on site use.