Documentary Sources

The Documentary Sources complement and supplement the Literary Sources available on the ALIM website. This section was created to present Medieval Latin in its many forms, and is the result of the link between the ALIM project and the Lexicon Latinitatis Italiae Medii Aevii, edited by F. Arnaldi and P. Smiraglia, both sponsored by Unione Accademica Nazionale.

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The Documentary Sources complement and supplement the Literary Sources available on the ALIM website. They allow to extend both linguistic and thematic research beyond the boundaries of literary texts.

This section was created to present Medieval Latin in its many forms, and is the result of the link between the ALIM project and the Lexicon Latinitatis Italiae Medii Aevii, edited by F. Arnaldi and P. Smiraglia, both sponsored by Unione Accademica Nazionale.

The synoptic studies on documents from several areas favour research on the history of law, language, and the notary; they provide information about the style adopted by the Chancelleries at a certain date, facilitating diachronic comparisons inside a single institution.

So far, this section includes documents covering the years 703-1200; the collected documents refer to the South-Central areas of Italy (Arezzo, Salerno, Benevento): one can find here the Documenti per la Storia della Città di Arezzo (from volume I and II), collected and edited by U. Pasqui between the late 19th and early 20th century by selecting several documents from the Diocesan Archive, which preserves many documentary collections from churches and monastic institutions of the Arezzo area.

The Regii Neapolitanii Archivi Monumenta, edited by A. Granito, C. Guacci, G. Seguino, G. Canonico, G. Genovesi, and M. Baffi, are one of the most important cultural initiatives  promoted in the 20th century by the Archive of the State of Naples: the edition started in 1832, the first volume appeared in 1845, the sixth and last in 1861. The Monumenta contain the oldest documents found in the parchments of Fondo Conventi Soppressi housed in the Neapolitan Archive.

The Montevergine Diplomatic Codex includes extensive documentation on the Montevergine’s Abbey; the ancient papers are currently housed at the Abbey of Loreto. At the ALIM website the  1st volume is available, containing more than 100 documents. The Codex Cavensis collects part of the impressive documentation preserved in the Holy Trinity Benedictine Abbey of Cava de’ Tirreni, estimated at around 15,000 scrolls in addition to numerous paper documents. The first volume appeared in 1873, the tenth and last in 1990: in the 20th century many documents have been published, and now they are all available on the ALIM website.