Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities

Papal Documents of the Early and High Middle Ages

“Papal Documents of the Early and High Middle Ages” was adopted into the scholarly program of the Göttingen Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007. Being a part of the Pius-Foundation’s comprehensive project, it shares the latter’s goal of making papal documents and contacts up until the beginning of Innocent III’s pontificate (1198) available to scholars.

The adoption into the Academy’s program has made it possible to employ full-time researchers to support a project hitherto conducted by volunteer scholars. In addition, the project’s contents and emphasis have been reorganised. While the volumes of regesta (summaries of papal documents) published so far have focused on the territory of the Holy Roman Empire and its neighbours (Italy, Germany, France), the work of the next fifteen years will be dedicated to the papal interaction with Europe’s eastern and western periphery. Territories which have received little attention thus far, such as the Iberian Peninsula (Iberia Pontificia) as well as eastern central Europe (Bohemia Pontificia, Dalmatia-Croatia Pontificia, Hungaria Pontificia, Polonia Pontificia), will take centre stage.

The project’s second component will be a complete revision of the second edition of Philipp Jaffé’s Regesta Pontificum Romanorum (1885/1888). In addition to decretal letters and the charters of papal legates, both not listed in Jaffé’s Regesta, a considerable number of papal documents discovered since the late nineteenth century, as well as updated bibliographical details for the individual regesta, will have to be incorporated into this comprehensive work. Over one hundred years of research on papal documents will be reflected and made available to the public in these updated Regesta Pontificum Romanorum.