by Alice Rio
The launch party for the project took place at King's College London on Friday 12 December 2014. There were two competitions, the first of which was for the “strangest personal name in a medieval charter”. Entries were supplied by the project team as well as by other charter lovers (with grateful thanks to Giuseppe Albertoni, Jon Jarrett, Sören Kaschke, Thomas Kohl, Luca Larpi, Matt McHaffie, Fraser McNair, Sam Ottewill-Soulsby, Julia Smith and Joan Vilaseca!).
Many charters include explicit information about agents (individuals, groups and institutions) that is of interest to record. For example, we may be told attributes of agents, such as their ethnic identity (Lombard), their legal status (unfree), their title (bishop of Bergamo) or even the fact that they are dead by the time a particular charter is written. We may also be told about the relationships between two agents: that Fulrad is abbot of Saint-Denis (monasteries and churches are regarded as agents) or that Pippin III is the father of Charlemagne.
The Making of Charlemagne’s Europe database project will be holding a launch party to mark the database being made publically available on this website. The party will be at 5 pm on Friday 12th December at King’s College London (History Department, 8th Floor Strand campus). All are warmly invited to attend: please let Alice Rio (firstname.lastname@example.org) know by Thursday 4th December if you will be coming.
We are pleased to announce that the Charlemagne's Europe database will be available to the public on Thursday 4 December!