Papsturkunden des frühen und hohen Mittelalters
Medium of communication and instrument of power
Over the course of the Middle Ages, papal documents developed into an important medium of communication and are therefore of particular historical interest. These documents have constituted a major focus of historical medieval studies for over 100 years. To a large degree, the research is made possible by a project of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities, which began in 1896 and which has been supported by the Pius-Stiftung since 1931. Recently, the Bund-Länder Commission has allocated further resources, so that papal documents from hitherto mostly unattended areas on Europe’s Eastern and Western borders can be researched.