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08 December 2014

The Making of Charlemagne's Europe - database launches

The AHRC-funded 3 year project culminates with the launch of the database on 4 December 2014.

Detail of a medieval manuscript.
Detail of a medieval manuscript.

The Making of Charlemagne's Europe database launched to the public on 4 December 2014.

The project is a database of prosopographical and socio-economic data found in the more than four thousand legal documents surviving from Charlemagne’s reign. It covers material from all areas that were ever part of Charlemagne’s empire, dating from 25 September 768 to 28 January 814 AD. The emphasis is on the extraction and systematic classification of data for maximum comparability between regions. This will make the valuable information on institutions, people, places and objects contained in charters and other legal documents more easily accessible to researchers via faceted browsing, search queries and a mapping tool.

The project, which began in 2012, was carried out by the Department of History and the Department of Digital Humanities and is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

A launch party will be held on Friday 12 December. More details can be found on the Event page.