The website "Le cartulaire" was developed by the mayor's office of Beaumont-de-Lomagne and provides information about and access to the full-text of "Cartulaire de Beaumont" or "Livre Jurataire". A 13th century manuscript written in Latin, the cartulary represents one of the most significant documentary sources for the history of the city of Beaumont. The website offers a well-researched and lengthy introduction into the history of this document, providing much historical and contextual detail, for example: the name of the city; the buildings; coats of arms; glossary of Latin terms; an index of the names in the cartulary. The cartulary is reproduced page by page both in image form and in full-text Latin transcription. The image quality is modest. Browsing through the content of the document (152 pages) is facilitated by a top menu grouping the manuscript pages into small groups of 10. An online glossary of Latin terms is also provided.
Anglo-Saxon Charters, or Kemble, is the project website of the British Academy - Royal Historical Society Joint Committee on Anglo-Saxon Charters, maintained by Professor Simon D. Keynes. Set up in 1966, the Committee exits to produce the definitive collected edition of the entire corpus of Anglo-Saxon charters, from the last quarter of the seventh century to the Norman Conquest, edited in accordance with modern standards. The term 'Anglo-Saxon charter' covers a wide range of documents including royal diplomas (mostly in Latin) and wills of churchmen, laymen, and women (in Anglo-Saxon). The surviving charters are for the most part records of grants of land or privileges by kings to religious houses, or to lay beneficiaries. There are also records of settlements of disputes over: land or privileges; leases of episcopal property; and records of bequests of land and other property. The site offers online access to the 'New Regesta Regum Anglorum', full texts of Anglo-Saxon royal diplomas, which can be searched by: archive; king; and kingdom. A revised electronic version of P. H. Sawyer, 'Anglo-Saxon Charters: an Annotated List and Bibliography' (London, 1968) containing a listing of all the charters is also available. The site contains a list of Committee members and publications, and a guide for editors of charters. There are also links to various working aids: the Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England (PASE) databas; listings of Anglo-Saxon bishops and abbots; a bibliography; and links to other websites. It is a useful reference resource mainly for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research. The project received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (now the AHRC) within the Resource Enhancement scheme.
The website 'Medieval Palaeography' is an online introductory tutorial for a module on the M.A. course in English Local History at the University of Leicester. It is intended for use in the classroom, but it can be used by anyone interested in learning palaeography via the web. The tutorial focuses on teaching the basic ability to read and understand the hands and types of medieval documents usually encountered during research into medieval economic and social history. The site was created by Dr. Dave Postles (University of Leicester), and is a collaborative project between West Sussex Record Office and the Centre for English Local History at the University of Leicester. Digital images of several 13th-century charters are used in this tutorial, with transcriptions and notes provided in pop-up windows. Also available on the site are: notes on various aspects of the charters; descriptions of different types of documents; bibliographies; a list of palaeographical terms; and self assessment exercises. The Medieval Palaeography website would be of interest to anyone wishing to consult original medieval documents, whether they are university students, local historians or amateur family historians.