Exploration and critical edition of the early medieval formulae in addition to facilitation of access to these via a digital research infrastructure enabling an exploration of formulaic writing in Western Europe prior to development of the ars dictaminis based on letters and charters.
Formulae, or templates for charters and letters, are signs of the diversity of early medieval scholarly writing in Western Europe prior to the 11th century. Mostly passed on in collections, they testify to the linguistic shift that took place between late antiquity and medieval times and contain crucial information for social, economic and legal history as well as for the histories of culture and mentalities.
Thus, the project, which is dedicated to the systematic examination of the formulae, the exploration of formulaic writing and their critical edition, annotation and translation, is set at the juncture between history, Latin philology and legal history. Next to its publication at the Monumenta Germaniae Historica the new edition will also be made available online. In addition, a publicly accessible database including an electronic lexicon will facilitate further studies into formulaic writing during the early medieval period and allow comparison with other charters and letters, thus providing an important tool for further research.
University of Hamburg
Prof. Dr. Philippe Depreux
The long-term project is funded within the framework of the Academies’ Programme, which is coordinated by the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities.