Formulae - Litterae - Chartae

Neuedition der frühmittelalterlichen Formulae inklusive der Erschließung von frühmittelalterlichen Briefen und Urkunden im Abendland (ca. 500 – ca. 1000)

Digital Research Environment:

The aim of the long-term project is the systematic reconstruction and editing of Early Medieval certificates and letters (Formulae) as well as research into formulaic writing in Western Europe before the 11th century. It is rooted at the interface of history, Latin philology and legal history and examines sources which are of great importance for the study of Early Medieval society. The Formulae document a diverse set of scholarly writing which, in course of the project, will be critically edited, commented and published with translations both in the Monumenta Germaniae Historica (MGH) and online. They contain indispensable information concerning social, economic, cultural, legal and intellectual history and witness to the language change from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages.

The Early Medieval Formulae are mostly passed on through collections, which the project will make accessible in a digital edition. A textual database along with an e-lexicon will enable the comparison with other letters and certificates from the same time and will provide an important tool for further studies.

The long-term research project, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Philippe Depreux, started its work on the 12th January 2017 and is set to last for 15 years. It is conducted in cooperation with the University of Hamburg.


  • Prof. Dr. Philippe Depreux (Project Leader)
  • Horst Lößlein M.A. (Research Associate)
  • Dr. Matthew Munson (Research Associate)
  • Christoph Walther M.A. (Research Associate)
  • Franziska Quaas M.A. (Research Associate)
  • Alexander Müller M. Ed. (Research Associate)
Running time
2017 - 2031
Project type

Responsible for the academies' programme

Sebastian Zwies M.A.

Geschäftsstelle Mainz
Union der deutschen Akademien der Wissenschaften
Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 2
55131 Mainz

Tel: 06131/218 528-17