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Late Antiquity and Middle Ages in Europe

History of European Christendom - Late antiquity and Middle Ages


  • Late antiquity is the time of transition from classical antiquity to the Early Middle Ages, generally spanning the 4th–6th century in Europe and adjacent areas bordering the Mediterranean Basin, marking the decline of the Western Roman Empire.
  • The Early Middle Ages is typically regarded by historians as lasting from the late 5th / early 6th century to the 10th century. Whilst the Late Antiquity emphasizes elements of continuity with the Roman Empire, the Early Middle Ages sees the development of characteristics of the medieval period in European history. The period precedes the High Middle Ages (c.11th to 13th centuries).
  • The Late Middle Ages was the period of European history lasting from AD 1250 to 1500. This period preceded the onset of the Early Modern Period, and the Renaissance.
  • Christianity played a prominent cultural and political role in the development of Western civilization, particularly in Europe across Late antiquity and the Middle Ages.
  • ProQuest offers several important collections of Primary and Secondary Sources covering this long period of the European history.

ProQuest Sources that cover this period

Primary Source databases

Acta Sanctorum and Patrologia Latina, 2 major Primary Sources covering Latin texts from the Early Christianity, through the Late Antiquity, to the Middle Ages, have been recently migrated to the ProQuest Platform.

These databases contain Texts which are foundational for every study on the Christianity in Europe for this early period.

Early Printed books

Acta/Patrologia Upcoming Webinars


To support the Acta Sanctorum and Patrologia Latina users during the databases migration to the ProQuest platform we have scheduled several webinars in the next months. Registration is required. Please click on the link of each webinar for more information and to register.

  • Webinars in English

  • Webinars in Italian

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ProQuest Platform


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