21 January 2011

New e-Resource - The Papal Letters

We now have access to The Papal Letters (Ut per litteras apostolicas) database, from Brepols publishers.

This provides the complete collection of papal letters from the 13th and 14th centuries - more than 220,000 full-text Latin documents.

The Papal Letters contains the Registres et lettres des Papes du XIIIe siècle (32 vols; Rome, 1883-), the Registres et lettres des Papes du XIVe siècle (48 vols; Rome, 1899-), as well as unpublished material (litterae communes of Gregory XI from 1371-1375, and the registers of petitions of Urbain V).

This e-resource provides insights into the most varied aspects of medieval society - church institutions, the clergy, the papal states, politics, the legal system, taxation, government and finance, secular society; religious, intellectual and artistic life, the economy, wars, law and order, the environment and natural disasters, and daily life.  (Detailed flyer)

Forthcoming updates will include the papal registers of Nicolas III, John XXI, Gregory X et Clement IV (thirteenth century), and documents of Alexander IV, Urban IV, Innocent IV, Gregory IX et Honorius III

NB: this database can be searched in English, French and German, but the main texts are in Latin, and the bibliographical references are in French 

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