Formulae - Litterae - Chartae

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


The aim of the long-term project is the systematic reconditioning and edition of Early Medieval certificates and letters (Formulae) as well as the research of the formulaic writing in western Europe before the 11th century. It is rooted at the interface of history, Latin philology and legal history and examines a source which is important for the study of the Early Medieval society. The Formulae document the diversity of the scholarly writing which will be critically edited, commented and published with translations in course of the project Monumenta Germaniae Historica (MGH). They contain indispensable information of the social-, economic-, cultural-, legal- and history of mentalities and are a testimony of the language change from the Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages.

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

The long-term research project, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Philippe Depreux, will start 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.


Sebastian Zwies M.A.

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

Tel: 06131/218 528-17

Running time
2017 - 2031
Project type