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The present collection of internet addresses was chosen from chance findings and from a large number of pre-existent collections. The latter are listed below. Some addresses which they mention are no longer existent or no longer relevant. In the present collection they are nevertheless listed along with the others - yet with a pertinent note.


  (8) PORTALS (checked in August 2010 to compile the present collection of links)


Canon Law

Corpus iuris canonici: Decretum Gratiani (Münchener Digitalisierungs-Zentrum: pdf-images of Friedberg's edition. In addition, Friedberg's text was also fully scanned. Yet, the scanned text is only provided to readers slicewise: in hundreds of separate files for the individual canones)

Corpus iuris canonici: Decretales Gregorii IX papae ["Liber Extra"] (published by Angus Graham within Ulrich Harsch's collection "Bibliotheca Augustana", hosted on the web server of Sultan Qaboos University, Oman. 185 separate files: for each title one file) (Università degli Studi di Catania, Istituto di Storia del Diritto: gratuitous access to text of Liber Extra. Yet, users must register before)

Corpus iuris canonici: Liber Sextus Decretalium, et Clementinae (Bibliothèque Nationale de France, digitized text of edition Venetiis per Baptistam de Tortis 1497, with glossa ordinaria)

Regulae Cancellariae Apostolicae (Andreas Meyer, Universität Marburg)

Ivo of Chartres, texts (11th c.) (Bruce Brasington, Martin Brett, Przemyslaw Novak, Christof Rolker)

Pseudo-Isidorian texts (9th c.) (Monumenta Germaniae Historica, München)

Canon law texts, up to Carolingian time (Abigail Fiery, University of Kentucky)

"Medieval Canon Law Virtual Library" (David M. Freidenreich and Edward Reno III)

Roman Law

Corpus iuris civilis and other law texts of Roman Antiquity (The Roman Law Library, by Y. Lassard and A. Koptev: complete Corpus Juris Civilis, Codex Theodosianus, and much more. For Scott's English translation of Corpus Juris Civilis and many other translations click on "18. Lingua Anglica"). Previous address:

Scott's English translation of Corpus iuris civilis, scanned (by the Constitution Society, Austin, Texas) (obsolete, migrated to (obsolete, was George Mason University, Department of Classics, and it did provide the full text of Institutiones, Digesta, Codex Justinianus) (Ernest Metzger's list of corrections to Watson's English translation of Digesta)

Other Sources of Law

Leges Visigothorum [ed. Zeumer] (copy archived by International archive of internet pages)

Henricus de Bractonia, De legibus et consuetudinibus Angliae [he lifted text passages from Jus Commune] (Ulrich Harsch's "Bibliotheca Augustana", links to more than 250 texts in Latin, and hundreds of texts in 13 other languages)

(2) PORTALS TO DIGITIZED PHOTOGRAPHS OF MSS  back (Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes, France, gradually constitutes in its internal INTRANET a complete list, world-wide, of all digitized medieval MSS and also provides access to many of them) (excellent, lists Portals and at present [2010] more than 60 libraries with large collections of digitized MSS). and   .../digiallg.html#recht (UB Heidelberg, vast collection of links to digitized literature in early printed editions and MSS, world-wide) (excellent, at present [2010] listing more than 100 collections and many individually digitized MSS). (by University of California at Los Angeles, data base, at present [in 2010] referring to 3114 digitized MSS). (Catalogue of Digitized Medieval MSS, University of California at Los Angeles, more than 3000 MSS) (Portal with links to collections of digitized MSS in Germany. Compare this to the Michael portal in English language: The previous web site is extinct: ("ENRICH" = European initiative to digitize books, etc. It has a branch for MSS = "MANUSCRIPTORIUM") (Czech National Library and partners, branch of "ENRICH") (large collection of digitized images of MSS in U.S.A.: Austin, Baltimore, Berkeley,Columbia [Univ. of Missouri], New York [Columbia Univ.], New York [Public Library], San Marino/Calif.) (access to digitized MSS in German language: “das altgermanistische Internetportal”) (mentions some projects, not many)

Some highlights among national collections of digitized MSS:

AUSTRIA – collections of digitized MSS (digitized MSS in Austrian monasteries) 

CZECHIA – collections of digitized MSS (Czech National Library and partners, branch of "ENRICH", see above under "Portals")

FRANCE – collections of digitized MSS (Bibliothèque Nationale de France, collection of more than 3000 digitized photographs from MSS in this library and in partner libraries, yet very few Latin MSS so far. Go to “Recherche avancée”. In the field “Type des documents”, click on “Manuscrits”. In the field “Par langue” click on “Latin”, and “Lancer la recherche”. Among other MSS, “Recueil d’anciens canons”. Click on this entry, and you get cgi-bin/superlibrary?a=d&d=/ark:/74899/B315556101_MS0364 = MS 354 of the library at Toulouse. Or go to the search field “Titre” and there scroll down to “Notice” and enter specific shelfmarks, e.g. “Latin 2129”, or for the Nouvelles Acquisitions Latines search for “NAL 2436”. Success is rare)

GERMANY – collections of digitized MSS, see also and (München, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, MSS and printed books: for instance, scroll down to „Frauenklöster – Handschriften“, or to „Handschriften (lateinische)“ and thus reach the BayStB online catalogue of digitized Latin MSS: (Codices Electronici Ecclesiae Coloniensis) (UB Heidelberg’s own MSS, see also

ITALY AND VATICAN – collections of digitized MSS (Rome, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale Vittorio Emanuele, 45 MSS from Nonantola digitized, but only accessible at the Library in the Sala Manoscritti e Rari) (obsolete EMSI - European Manuscripts Server Initiative. It appears that the project did not go ahead: its links are not updated. EMSI planned to digitize MSS at Bologna [Biblioteca Comunale dell’Archiginnasio], Cesena [Biblioteca Malatestiana], Ravenna [Biblioteca Classense]. Yet in fact only a few sample photographs were published on the internet. In the mean time the Biblioteca Malatestiana has started its own project of digitizing:, see the latter web page's last lines) (MSS of Collegio di Spagna, Bologna) (Research Program of the group "FIRB", comprising [among other] a data base of MSS combined with full digital presentation of MSS) (Biblioteca Malatestiana at Cesena. So far [in 2010] 140 of its MSS are published on the internet) (Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana at Florence, intends to digitize within 2010 altogether 3900 MSS of its Fondo Plutei, together with the 17th c. catalogues in which they are described. At present [November 2010] the data base comprises digitized images of 1655 MSS, from Pluteo 01.05 to Pluteo 53.32. The next Fondo to be digitized shall probably be the Fondo Conventi soppressi. The site is also accessible via The project is designed and coordinated by SISMEL [see below under]) (Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana [Prefetto: Monsignore Cesare PASINI], started in June 2010: all the ca. 80.000 MSS in the Vatican shall be digitized within 10 years. Format FITS [= Flexible Images Transport System], developed by NASA for linar photographs, open source, much more versatile than pdf or jpg, etc.) (Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, Direzione Generale per le Biblioteche, gli Istituti Culturali ed il Diritto d'Autore, ICCU: data base to search for digitized books in Italy)

NETHERLANDS – collections of digitized MSS (The Hague, Royal Library of the Netherlands: some illustrated pages of MSS. Click on “Society, Civilization, Culture”, and there on “state; law; political life”)

SPAIN – collections of digitized MSS (Biblioteca Virtual del Patrimonio Bibliografico, Spain, also contains digitized MSS)

SWITZERLAND – collections of digitized MSS (Codices Electronici Sangallenses) (Virtual library of MSS in Switzerland)

U.S.A. – collections of digitized MSS (U.S.A., New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library) (New York, Pierpont Morgan Library) (more than 60 digitized MSS from the collection of Lawrence J. Schoenberg. See for instance an unknown ars notaria, early 13th c.: (also comprises some digitized MSS, yet so far [in 2010] no legal MSS. See ¨ Browse subjects: “Law” ¨ Any time: “Custom range” ¨ 1000-1500) (discussion of methods of digitizing, etc.)

Digitized MSS are also on offer at many web sites of data bases or online catalogues of MSS (see below)

(3) MAIN COLLECTIONS OF NON-DIGITIZED MICROFILMS OF LEGAL MSS IN VARIOUS LIBRARIES  back (Max-Planck-Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte, Frankfurt am Main. Collection of 2500 films of legal MSS, listed in the Institute's OPAC. For a list arranged by libraries and shelfmarks, search for "Titel-Stichwort" and indicate "[Verfilmte Handschrift:]". Scroll from there. You may attempt to immediately add the name of the city, or even also a shelfmark. In most cases the OPAC also provides short indications of contents: search for "Signatur" and indicate "MsF" plus the microfilm's number. The main focus is on Roman law [in particular targeting the time 1100-1250], and on MSS in the Vatican Library, and on medieval Byzantine law. Relatively few other MSS. Among the latter a basic outfit of literature on Canon Law 1100-1230, copied 1976 from holdings of the Stephan-Kuttner-Institute of Medieval Canon Law. Copies of many microfilms were exchanged with the Robbins Collection at Berkeley, and the Istituto di Storia del diritto medievale e moderno at Milan, and the Istituto di Storia del Diritto at Catania) (The Robbins Collection, School of Law [Boalt Hall], University of California at Berkeley. Thousands of microfilms and microfiches, among them all the medieval canon and Roman law MSS in the Vatican Library) (Università degli Studi di Milano, Istituto di Storia del diritto medievale e moderno: has started to digitize its entire collection of thousands of microfilms of MSS and its vast collection of printed antiquarian legal literature. Four different scanners are used - among them a special scanner for microfilms 16-35 mm in black and white. The digitized images are available on CD-ROM or DVD, yet only for use in the Institute's Reading Room. Data bases provide short indications of contents of films.) (Catania, Facoltà di Giurisprudenza, Istituto di Storia del Diritto Italiano (Prof. Manlio Bellomo): vast collection of films of Jus Commune MSS) (Stephan Kuttner Institute of Medieval Canon Law, now at Universität München, Juristische Fakultät. Vast collection of films of MSS of medieval canon law, mainly collected by Stephan Kuttner when the Institute resided at Washington and later at Berkeley. A list of films with short indications of contents can be downloaded: click on "Bibliothek" and then "Mikrofilme") (Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes, enormeous collection, mainly [but by far not exclusively] MSS in France) (Hill Monastic Manuscript Library, Saint John's Abbey, Chapel Hill, Minnesota: very vast collection of films of MSS and pertinent non-printed catalogues and inventories, mainly from monasteries. Filming was started at monasteries in Austria, and then in South Tirol/Alto Adige, and thereafter continued in Spain and elsewhere. For instance, preserves films of more than 1400 documents of Historisches Archiv der Stadt Köln, whose building collapsed in March 2009) (Saint Louis University / Missouri, Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library: contains an almost complete collection of films of Vatican MSS and many films of MSS in libraries elsewhere. The Library's data base provides lists of shelfmarks of filmed MSS (arranged by city and library). Yet, contents of the filmed MSS are not indicated)

(4) MAIN COLLECTIONS OF DIGITIZED PRINTED TEXTS, USEFUL FOR SCHOLARS INTERESTED IN MSS   back (Bibliotheca Glossatorum, full text of many works, by Emanuele Conte, University Roma III)

Special portal for digitized legal texts: ("Virtuelle Fachbibliothek Recht", by Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin)

Portal for digitized printed texts in general: (work in progress: "Zentrales Verzeichnis digitalisierter Drucke", by Hochschulbibliothekszentrum des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen)

Individual collections of digitized printed books: (international archive of internet pages, attempting to preserve snap shots of whatever was published on the internet at whatever time. Thus also comprising many digitised legal texts which were at one time made fully available but at some later time withdrawn or whose access was later restricted: for instance Voet's Commentaria ad Pandectas, 1827. For an index of texts of prime interest for legal historians, see:, click on "20. Libraria numerica"). (Digitalisierungszentrum der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek) (CAUTION, was reported to be an attack page, but mentioned in portals as an address offering digitized antiquarian literature) (facilitates searches in scholarly articles, most often refers to HeinOnline) (Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris)


International collections of catalogue information on MSS: (very good, U.S.A., Association of College and Research Libraries, guide for cataloguers of rare books and MSS) (German Datenbank-Infosystem, at present [in 2010] 54 pertinent listings). (useful blog, listing recent publications on the web) (Gero Dolezalek's list of MSS of canon and Roman law world-wide, referring to publications which mention them - with auxiliary indexes of authors and titles) (Università degli Studi di Milano, Istituto di Storia del diritto medievale e moderno: its data base on microfilms of MSS also provides short information on contents) (Stephan Kuttner Institute of Medieval Canon Law, at the Universität München, next to the Leopold-Wenger-Institut. There also exists an internal data base of ca. 15 000 offprints, collected by Stephan Kuttner, catalogued by B. Gilcher and J. Raue) (Universität München, Katholisch-Theologische Fakultät, Grabmann-Institut, collection of microfilms of theological and canonist MSS. The latter were catalogued by Franz Kalde and Markus Sattler) (Hill Monastic Manuscript Library, Saint John's Abbey, Chapel Hill, Minnesota. Index to a large collection of microfilms of MSS and of MSS-Catalogues). (project to cumulate the data bases of and The latter, however, does not provide data on contents of the filmed MSS) (incomplete attempt to form a Portal, by CERL = Consortium of European Research Libraries)

Bibliography of Catalogues of MSS: (digitized bibliography by Paul Oskar Kristeller / Sigrid Krämer, "Latin MS books before 1600", 5th ed. 2003 - very detailed, striving for completeness)

Some highlights among national portals to catalogue information on MSS:

AUSTRIA – national data base of MSS catalogued online (Data Base of illustrated MSS in Austria, by Friedrich Simader)

BELGIUM – national data base of MSS catalogued online (Data Base of MSS in the French-speaking regions of Belgium [Wallonie] and at Brussels)

CZECH national data base of MSS catalogued online (data base coordinated by Czech National Library, Prague, with partners also in other countries: Sweden, Spain, Germany, Romania ...) (outdated address, migrated to - see above)

FRANCE – national data bases of MSS catalogued online (Data Base of microfilms and other images of MSS, and of descriptions of MSS, kept at the Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes, Orléans and Paris) (Data Base of MSS, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris) (Data Base of MSS kept in libraries of French universities and other institutions of higher education) (data base for all holdings of literature in French repositories. Click there on "Manuscripts" and under "Institution de conservation" open the drop-down menu and click on one place name. Thereafter click "Rechercher". The data base also covers the entire Catalogue général [of which 19 vols. had previously been digitized at Stanford University]) (provides access to - see above)

GERMANY – national data bases of MSS catalogued online{af6d3edb-7412-4ccf-b63f-f2f847ecd52b}&cnt=131727&:i=1 (data base of Marburger Handschriften-Forum / Bildarchiv Foto Marburg, cumulating data from many catalogues, mainly from Germany. Also comprises data previously collected by DBI = Deutsches Bibliographisches Institut, Berlin) (links to more than 200 digitized copies of printed catalogues of MSS collections, mainly in Germany)

ITALY – national data bases of MSS catalogued online (Internal data base of CIRSFID at Bologna, registering almost 2000 occurrences of handwritten dissemination of legal works, not yet publicly accessible). (Martin Bertram's list of MSS of Decretales Gregorii IX papae) (covers recently catalogued MSS in libraries mainly in the "Regione del Veneto", also at Naples BNVE3, Rome BAngelica, Torino BNU, Verona) (Data Base of the Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino [= "SISMEL", see]. Full access is only granted after payment of high fees. "MIRABILEWEB" comprises: [1] data from "MEL" = the annual bibliography "Medioevo Latino". [2] "CALMA" = "Compendium Auctorum Latinorum Medii Aevi” = a list of thousands of standardized authors' names, with ten-thousands of aliases, and with pertinent references to MEL. [3] "BISLAM" = “Bibliotheca Scriptorum Latinorum Medii Recentiorisque Aevi”, develops the concept of CALMA much further. The second printed edition, published in 2010, comprised 13174 standardized authors' names up to 1536 and rich pertinent bibliography. The online version in "MIRABILEWEB" extends even further: by August 2010 it comprised more than 15000 standardized names. [4] "RICABIM" = “Repertorio di Inventari o Cataloghi di Biblioteche Medievali”, an inventory of medieval MS and archival material which list books in specific medieval libraries) (project "CODEX", comprises recently cataloged MSS in the region Toscana: data base organized by SISMEL, Firenze) (project "MANUS" online. Censimento dei manoscritti delle biblioteche italiane. The data base comprises MSS which were recently catalogued under many different projects, e.g. also MSS from the region Toscana, catalogued under project "CODEX" [see above]. Descriptions of manuscripts can be retrieved in two ways:
[1] "Ricerca biblioteca" Choose city --> choose library in that city --> list of "Fondi", click on specific "Fondo" --> details of "Fondo", click on "sfoglia le schedi" --> list of shelfmarks, click on specific shelfmark --> description of the specific manuscript.
[2] "Ricerca catalografica avanzata" --> Indexes of available search terms are offered for authors' names, titles, incipit, explicit, etc.: (project by universities Firenze, Arezzo, Cassino, Milano, Padova, Trento, Udine, publishing printed volumes) (Giovanna Murano's list of incipits of canon law works, mainly collected for the purpose of cataloguing MSS in Tuscany)

NETHERLANDS – national data base of MSS catalogued online (Data Base of MSS in the Netherlands)

U.S.A. – national data bases of MSS catalogued online (U.S.A., National Union Catalogue of Manuscript Collections) (Lawrence J Schoenberg Data Base at the Library of the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia, mainly from auction catalogues of MSS) (biographies of medieval canonists, and bibliography of their works, by Ken Pennington, also mentioning their dissemination in MSS)

General remark: Worldwide, the larger libraries tend to resort to online catalogues.Many even retro-convert data from their older catalogues. Unfortunately, a vast number of online catalogues for MSS does not provide facilities for browsing, so that scholars can not scan the data in their entirety in order to discover authors and works yet unknown to them. Searches are only permitted to target specific authors' names or works' titles, and perhaps specific shelfmarks. This widespread defect greatly reduces the utility of online catalogues. Scholarly research is downgraded to mere searches for specific character strings of names, title words, etc., and in addition this retrieval is highly dependent on specific spelling in the online catalogue. (CERL = Consortium of European Research Libraries)

AUSTRIA - online catalogues for individual repositories (Catalogue Österreichische Nationalbibliothek Wien)
(the same data base at Vienna is also accessible under kataloge/tabulae_intro.htm) monastery Sankt Paul im Lavanttal: concordance old shelfmarks ¨ new shelfmarks Christine Glassner (Catalogue Sankt Paul by Christine Glaßner (Catalogue monastery Klosterneuburg, partial) (additions to Catalogue monastery Klosterneuburg, MSS 1-100) (Catalogue of illustrated MSS in Austria, by Friedrich Simader) (additions to catalogues Fingernagel / Simader of illustrated MSS in Austria) (MSS in small repositories in Austria) (Catalogue Salzburg UB, MSS 1-180 (of 1.100) ) (Online bibliography of published facsimiles of MSS)

DENMARK - online catalogues for individual repositories (Royal Library, Copenhagen)

GERMANY- online catalogues for individual repositories (Catalogue of MSS at Merseburg, digitized by MGH München) (indicates present location of MSS from Königsberg in Prussia) (also indicates present location of MSS from Königsberg, mainly retrieved by Ralf G. Päsler) (Catalogue Paderborn, Erzbischöfliche Akademische Bibliothek, etc., by Ulrich Hinz) (indicates present location of mss sold at auction from Buxheim, Kartause, by William Whobrey) (indicates present location of mss sold at auction from Donaueschingen, Fürstlich Fürstenbergische Bibliothek, by Felix Heinzer, Stuttgart, WLB) (list of ca. 700 fragments at Duesseldorf, removed from the Internet in 2010) (Lippische Landesbibliothek Detmold, copy of inventory withdrawn from internet by the Library, seen 2010/10, no law MSS) (Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, descriptions of ca. 20 000 MSS with texts in German language) (digitized copies of printed catalogues, e.g. for some volumes of München BayStB. Requires payment)

ITALY AND VATICAN - online catalogues for individual repositories (Biblioteca Digitale Italiana, Direzione Generale per i Beni Librari e gli Istituti Culturali - ICCU: data base, indexing antiquarian catalogues of MSS and antiquarian printed literature, for instance the old printed catalogues of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana at Venice. In 2010 visualisation of entire catalogue-pages was not yet possible - perhaps blocked by pop-up-blockers? ) (Cesena, Biblioteca Malatestiana) (Catalogue of Canon and Roman Law Manuscripts in the Vatican Library [ed. Stephan Kuttner and Reinhard Elze], draft of vol. III resuscitated [provisional publication by Gero R. Dolezalek in collaboration with Martin Bertram] - previously hosted on the internet server of the University of Aberdeen) (Saint Louis University, Vatican MSS Film Library, has an online catalogue to cover its Vatican resources: an almost complete set of films of Vatican MSS, plus a photocopy of the Library's card catalogue of MSS) (Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, recent general online catalogue of MSS)

NETHERLANDS - online catalogues for individual repositories

PORTUGAL - online catalogues for individual repositories (Lissabon and other places)

SPAIN - online catalogues for individual repositories (Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional de España: click on "Colecciones especiales" and then on "Manuscritos". Searches refer users to complete descriptions of specific MSS. For a shelfmark search, use the search field "General", yet a prefix "MSS/" must be written before the shelfmark, e.g. "MSS/12915")

SWEDEN - online catalogues for individual repositories (Lund University Library, MSS from Cathedal Chapter Library)

SWITZERLAND - online catalogues for individual repositories (Sankt Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek)

UNITED KINGDOM - online catalogues for individual repositories (London, British Library. List of digitized catalogues: (online catalogue of mss, Aberdeen, UL) (Edinburgh, MSS at the National Library of Scotland. See in addition Dolezalek, Jus Commune in Scotland, 3 vols., Edinburgh 2010) (online catalogue of mss at Glasgow, UL)

U.S.A. - online catalogues for individual repositories (New York, Pierpont Morgan Library) (New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library) (Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Library, Lawrence J. Schoenberg collection, shortlist of MSS. For detailed descriptions, search for (e.g.) You must always specify the shelfmark. So start at "MANID=ljs001" and then increase the numbering, one by one) (University of California at Berkely, School of Law, Robbins Collection, catalogue of MSS. Only MSS 1-120 are described online, yet there exist over 275 MSS there)

  'In principio' = CD-ROM key to MSS, by incipit words (based on the ca. 400 000 incipit file cards at the IRHT at Paris. CD-ROMs are commercially sold by Brepols publishing company at Turnhout. Described and reviewed in (technical vocabulary of codicology and palaeography, in French, Italian, Spanish and English, put together by the Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes, Orléans and Paris) ("Bibliographic Toolbox" ["Bibliographischer Werkzeugkasten"], by Hochschulbibliothekszentrum des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen: offers links to OPACs of libraries word-wide [among many other useful services]) (online catalogue of the Max-Planck-Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte, at Frankfurt. Fabulously rich collection of Jus Commune literature and on legal history in general) (Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza", Dipartimento di scienze giuridiche, Istituto di Storia del Diritto Italiano, library: online catalogue to the Institute's vast collection of Jus Commune literature. Access to Gaetano's "Bibliografia di Trattati Giuridici pubblicati nel XVI Sec."). (Università degli Studi, Istituto di Storia del diritto medievale e moderno: bibliographical data base on more than 108.000 items, 11.600 offprints) (OPAC for library of Stephan Kuttner Institute, Universität München) (catalogue of library at Grabmann Institut, Munich: much modern canon law and many antiquarian editions) (Edward N. Peters, Detroit: index to canon law entries in F. Lucii Ferraris Prompta bibliotheca canonica, juridica, moralis, theologica ... ) (world-wide catalogue of incunabula, in progress) (Censimento nazionale delle edizioni italiane del secolo XVI, edited by Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico delle biblioteche italiane e per le informazioni bibliografiche - ICCU, directed by the Ministero per i beni e le attività culturali) (digitized Johann Georg Theodor GRAESSE, Orbis latinus. Lexikon lateinischer geographischer Namen des Mittelalters und der Neuzeied. 1909, re-edited 1972) (H. Grotefend, Zeitrechnung des Deutschen Mittelalters und der Neuzeit, 2 vols. 1891-1898. This book is a fabulous tool for Chronology, digitized by Horst Ruth) (Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon, ed. by Friedrich-Wilhelm Bautz and Traugott Bautz. Volumes 1-31 were printed 1990-2010. The web site, however, also provides access to the forthcoming yet unprinted entries for the lexicon. (Charles Donahue, Data base of archives of church courts: index to marriage litigation at Brussels, Cambrai, Ely, Paris, York)

Large active portals of general interest for legal historians: (Otto Vervaart's old portal. Good guide to web sites for scholars interested in juridical MSS. Contents will gradually transferred to See also Otto Vervaart's guide to sites on medieval canon law:, and his general home page: (Otto Vervaart's portal from 2010 onwards, constituted in instalments). (Max-Planck-Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte, Frankfurt am Main, previously (Stephan-Kuttner-Institute of Medieval Canon Law, München, in particular click on "Links" ) (Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza", Istituto di Storia del Diritto Italiano) (ICMAC International Society of Medieval Canon Law) (Abigail Fiery's Carolingian Canon Law Project, University of Kentucky) (Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes, Orléans and Paris) (Marburger Handschriften-Forum, Bildarchiv Foto Marburg) (blog "DISKUS", Marburger Handschriften-Forum) (CERL = Consortium of European Research Libraries) (large bibliographic data base on MSS, by Czech National Library and partners, cf. (Monumenta Germaniae Historica, München, links to online catalogues of MSS) (Portal of Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, München) (large portal for codicology, yet few commentaries) (good international portal for MSS, with commentaries
in Polish) (Reti medievali, with bibliographic data base of literature on the Middle Ages. See also

Other portals of general interest for legal historians: (University of Kentucky, Abigail Fiery: Carolingian canon law project) (identical to by Christine Glassner, not updated since Feb. 2005, but still useful = Kommission für Buch- und Schriftwesen des Mittelalters der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften) (Online-Reference-Book for Medieval Studies, College of Staten Island, City University of New York, by Kathryn Talarico, last updated in 2002. The project comprises Paul Halshall's Medieval Source Book (Universität München, Historisches Seminar, Abteilung Geschichtliche Hilfswissenschaften: provides much useful reference) (digitized texts [and other resources] of medieval canon law, by David M. Freidenreich and Edward Reno III) (Mario Montorzi, Università degli Studi, Pisa. Particularly useful .../Bibliografia.htm; .../Strumenti.htm --> index to Glossa ordinaria of Libri Feudorum) (Thomas D. Russel’s American legal history of the 20th century) (virtual library Legal Science, at Berlin, Staatsbibliothek) (Matthias Schmoeckel, for Forum Historiae Iuris. Previous address: (Universita' degli Studi, Sassari, see also (Universität des Saarlandes, Institut für Rechtsinformatik. See also (Peter C. Hansen, "The legal history project")) (Dr. Steffen Bressler, Univ. Freiburg / Univ. Hamburg, virtual library of legal history) (Portal Iberoamericano de Historia del Derecho, Universitat de Girona, Catalunya, Spain) (Bernard J. Hibbitts, Univ. of Pittsburgh School of Law) (Australia, many links, most are obsolete) (Ernest Metzger, University of Glasgow, previously University of Aberdeen: mainly on Roman law of Antiquity) (Washington, Georgetown University, Resources for Medieval Studies) (also links for medieval law) (Università degli Studi, Istituto di Storia del diritto medievale e moderno) (obsolete, the new contents at this address no longer concern scholars interested in MSS) (Hochschulbibliothekszentrum des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, excellent for research in printed materials. In particular see (Paul Halshall's collection, last updated in 2000, became part of ORB = Online Source Book) (ICMAC = Iuris Canonici Medii Aevi Consociatio / International Society of Medieval Canon Law) (CLASMA = Church, Law and Society in the Middle Ages) (Greek society of legal history) (Ireland's society of legal history) (American society of legal history - U.S.A. and Canada) (South Africa's society of legal history) (England's society of legal history) (Società Italiana di Storia del Diritto, has a bibliographical data base: (Scotland's society of legal history) (Austria: Wiener rechtsgeschichtliche Gesellschaft) (Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society)

Anales de História del Derecho (Madrid, Spain)

Bulletino dell' Istituto di Diritto Romano (Universita' degli Studi "La Sapienza", Roma;

Bulletin of Medieval Canon Law (see above, ICMAC)

Cuadernos de História del Derecho (Universidad Complutense de Madrid;

Forum historiae iuris (

Glossae. Revista de historia de derecho (Universidad de Murcia, Spain)

Index ( (in particular law of Antiquity)

Iura ( (in particular law of Antiquity)

Ius Commune (Max-Planck-Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte, Frankfurt am Main. Publication ended and was replaced by "Rechtsgeschichte - Zeitschrift des Max-Planck-Instituts ...")

Labeo ( (in particular law of Antiquity)

Novellae. News of Medieval Canon Law (

Rechtsgeschichte - Zeitschrift des Max-Planck-Instituts für europäische Rechtsgeschichte (

Rechtshistorisches Journal (no longer published, formerly redacted by some staff of the Max-Planck-Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte, Frankfurt)

Revue d'histoire du droit (Paris, France)

Revue d'histoire ecclésiastique (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium – contains an enormeously vast bibliography also on legal history)

Revue Internationale des Droits de l'Antiquité (

Rivista internazionale di diritto comune (Catania, Italy)

Rivista di diritto romano ( (in particular law of Antiquity)

Rivista di storia del diritto italiano (Torino, Italy)

Scrineum [internet periodical for history of documentation, books, palaeography and middle ages] (

Studia et Documenta Historiae Iuris (

Tijdschrift voor rechtsgeschiedenis (  www.brill/lega)

Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte (
Germanistische Abteilung
Kanonistische Abteilung
Romanistische Abteilung

Zeitschrift für Neuere Rechtsgeschichte (