Thursday, June 22, 2017

The president and members of the Royal Historical Commission of Belgium are happy to announce the updated version of the online charter database Diplomata Belgica, now available at​ 

Diplomata Belgica offers a critical survey of all the diplomatic sources, edited or still unpublished, and issued by both natural persons and legal bodies from the medieval Southern Low Countries. Diplomata Belgica covers present day Belgium as well as those areas which belonged historically to the Southern Low Countries but are part now of France (French Flanders, French Hainault), the Netherlands (parts of the provinces of Zeeland, Noord-Brabant, Limburg), the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, or Germany (parts of the Rhineland). At this stage, Diplomata Belgica contains metadata of about 35,000 charters and deeds in Latin, Old-French, Middle Dutch and Middle High German, almost 19,000 full text transcriptions and 5,000 photographs of original charters. As for the seals, the database also provides links to the online corpus of seal moulds developed by the National Archives of Belgium. Diplomata Belgica aims at exhaustivity for the period before 1250 and will, in the future, also include late medieval diplomatic material, without striving after completeness.

Diplomata Belgica. The Diplomatic Sources from the Medieval Southern Low Countries, ed. by Thérèse de Hemptinne, Jeroen Deploige, Jean-Louis Kupper and Walter Prevenier (Brussels: Royal Historical Commission, since 2015). URL: 

Attached you find the user guide (in French).

Please feel free and welcome to address any comments or feedback to or


Els De Paermentier 

Prof. dr. Els De Paermentier
Ghent University
Dept. of History (Middle Ages)
St-Pietersnieuwstraat 35 (lok. 120.18)
B-9000 Ghent (Belgium)

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