Diplomata Belgica: The Diplomatic Sources from the Medieval Southern Low Countries


Date coverage: 640 - 1250 Website Contact

Historical Documents (e.g. Notarial sources; Census records; Ecclesiastical documents; Correspondence) Platform for data aggregation or retrieval

Diplomata Belgica offers a critical survey of all the diplomatic sources, edited or still unpublished, and issued by both natural persons and legal bodies, from the medieval Southern Low Countries. Diplomata Belgica covers present day Belgium as well as those areas which belonged historically to the Southern Low Countries but are part now of France, the Netherlands, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Germany. Currently, Diplomata Belgica contains metadata about 35,000 charters and deeds in Latin, Old-French, Middle Dutch and Middle High German, almost 19,000 full-text transcriptions and almost 5,000 photographs of original charters. The database aims at exhaustivity for the period before 1250 and will, in the future, also include late medieval diplomatic materials.

In its current form Diplomata Belgica has been available online since 2015, in English and French.

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  • Royal Historical Commission of Belgium

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