Tools for Early Modern History



Das Deutsche Wörterbuch von Jacob und Wilhelm Grimm

Odd German word got you down? Not sure if it's some weird plural? Wondeful and free internet version.

Latin and Greek Dictionaries at Project Perseus

Direct link to dictionary look-up at Project Perseus.

Latin Words

Extremely useful (and Free) Latin dictionary program, available for most platforms.

Dictionnaires d'autrefois

Simultaneously look up terms in several early modern French dictionaries. For the sciences and arts, be sure to check Furetière as well--it's available as a free download on

OED (Columbia Only)

Thesaurus Eruditionis der DFG-Projekte: CAMENA - Corpus Automatum Multiplex Electorum Neolatinitatis Auctorum

Set of important early-modern reference works (in Latin): names, vocabulary, history, heraldry, genealogy, medicine, rhetoric, canon and civil law, fabulae, magic, Jesuit ratio studiorum, etc. Strong on Germans and Jesuits. Beautiful scans.

Other tools

Orbis Latinus (Latin Place Names) Online (Columbia) and Latin Place Names (BYU)

Royal Genealogies