An author’s work could be copied for centuries after it was originally written. Take Aristotle, whose works were already hundreds of years old by the Middle Ages when monks and professional scribes made diligent copies, forever preserving Aristotle’s ideas. The authors in this section wrote religious texts, legal texts, philosophical and theological works, and secular texts including poetry. This section also includes documents that name notaries, landowners, and other people that speak more to everyday life in the medieval and early modern periods.