Tabularia – Online Journal from Caen/Normandie

Tabularia. Sources écrites de la Normandie médiévale (Tabularia. Written Sources of Medieval Normandy) is an online journal which is freely accessible on the CRAHM website hosted by the University of Caen network.

Tabularia aims at studying the medieval written sources of Normandy. It was launched in order to give instant access to available information on the topic. This journal also aims at fostering a debate around the proposed dossiers by allowing exchanges to take place between readers and authors. Ultimately, it also devotes much space to the circulation and publication of written documentary sources, whether published or unpublished. The scientific validity of the information content is guaranteed by the presence of an editorial board and by cross-reading of submitted contributions.
Articles are in French or English.

The Toronto DEEDS Project

Documents of Essex England Data Set (DEEDS) was founded in 1975 by Professor Michael Gervers to create a database of information culled from medieval English property exchange documents which would be of interest to social and economic historians. […]
Very few English documents issued before 1300 were securely dated. We are on the verge of developing a revolutionary method for dating the tens of thousands of medieval charters which still exist in English repositories and which have not been fully exploited because of their uncertain chronology.
[…] (website)
The project website contains a few articles in full-text, but the newest article is from 1998. The website does’nt mention the book „Dating undated medieval charters“ (2000) [Contents], the papers of a 1999 Budapest conference (reviewed in German by Jürgen Römer, in: Das Mittelalter 7 (2002) H. 1, S. 192-194). See Manfred Thaller’s review in The Medieval Review.

Medieval Seals from the Durham Cathedral Muniments

Durham University Library is offering a fine picture collection of medieval seals. It is highly recommended to consult also the handlist with exhaustive descriptions and lots of pictures!

Sample entry:
3691 n.d.
Bilvelt, Hermann
Description: Oval. Above in an upper canopied niche is Our Lady nimbed and robed, holding a sceptre in her right hand and the child Christ on her left arm. Beneath is St George on horseback spearing the dragon. Below is a shield of arms, a cock.

Size: 73 x 22 mm.
Inscription: S‘ HERMANI D’BILEVELT . DECRE … DOCT‘ SACRI PALI AP’CI CAR‘ AVDITOR‘. note
2.1.Arch.Dunelm.18

[with picture and additional information:]
Styled Hermannus de Bilvelt decrettorum doctor praepositus ecclesiae St. Andree Inningen (?) domini Papae capellanus, etc. Bilvelt is probably Bielefeld in Westphalia. The seal is impressed on a facing of red wax deeply sunk in a cup of white wax.

Siegelkunde

Die Sphragistik ist im Netz nicht sehr gut vertreten, obwohl eine gemeinsame Datenbank von Siegelabbildungen am besten im Internet realisiert werden könnte. Für die verwandte Thematik der heraldischen Bildquellen schreibt Marie-Luise Heckmann in ihren lesenswerten Überlegungen zu einem heraldischen Repertorium: „Das Internet schafft erstmals die Möglichkeit, Bildquellen dezentral zu sammeln und den Benutzern bequem und schnell zugänglich zu machen.“
Eine neue Seite „Sigillographie“ des Projekts Ménestrel nennt vor allem französische, aber auch einige internationale Links. Zu ergänzen ist die massgebliche Linksammlung der VL Geschichte Historische Hilfswissenschaften zur Sphragistik.
Das zweibändige italienische Standardwerk Sigillografia von G. C. Bascapé (1969/78) ist von der italienischen Archivverwaltung online gestellt worden.

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