Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Diplomatari De la Catedral De Barcelona. Vol. 1: Documents Dels Anys 844-1000

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Diplomatari De la Catedral De Barcelona. Vol. 1: Documents Dels Anys 844-1000

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Diplomatari de la catedral de Barcelona. Vol. 1: Documents dels anys 844-1000. Edited by Angel Fabrega i Grau.With an introductory study by Josep Baucells i Reig. [Arxiu Capitular de la Catedral de Barcelona, Publicacions, Serie IV: Fonts documentals, No. 1.] (Barcelona: Capitol Catedral de Barcelona. 1995. Pp. xv, 706; 7 plates. Pesetas 15,000.)

The cathedral or chapter archives of Barcelona, ensconced atop the cathedral cloister, constitute one of the richest smaller collections of Europe. Its Pia almoina section of eleemosynary charters alone has nourished countless medieval studies. Over 40,000 parchments, either as originals or mid-thirteenthcentury copies in the massive four codices of the Libri antiquitatum, have yielded for this project some 6,000 charters running from 844 to 1260.

This first volume presents 350 charters, to the year 1000.Though they touch on many aspects of clerical business, they are in the main also secular documents, notably sales or alienations of a variety of properties involving husband-and-wife teams.They also include last testaments, judicial documents, privileges, gifts, declarations, and similar categories. Kings, counts, countesses, and prelates are represented, but the majority of actors are private citizens from every level of society. Each document is impeccably edited, as an historical rather than philological edition, though the philologist will find ample and careful material. Each document offers also a Catalan paraphrase of its contents, with all proper names translated from Latinate forms. …

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