This online portal makes research independent of time and space. With more than 500.000 medieval and early modern charters provided by close to 60 institutions from 10 European countries, research ranging from indexing of charters to using the provided information in educational environments is possible. Monasterium collects historical documents about Europe’s political, economic and cultural developments from the Middle Ages onward and provides free access to their digital copies.
Monasterium.net is entirely committed to the scientific cooperation between archives, universities and individual researchers. Therefore, the descriptive units and images can be edited, amended and annotated after a successful registration. By means of the online Editor and annotation tool for images, the community of researchers is able to apply their knowledge to the benefit of everyone, as well as continuously enhance the provided data in a dynamic way.
The European archives document the political, economic and cultural development of said geographical space back to the Early Middle Ages. Monasterium.net is dedicated to providing a wide range of historic documents as digital facsimiles at no charge. Monasterium.net, therefore, is the most comprehensive online charters resource of the Middle and Early Modern Ages worldwide.
The standards, which have been established within the Charters Encoding Initiative for digital, scientific indexing of charters, are implemented in Monasterium.net and help their further development within the context of international research.
Behind the virtual archive Monasterium.net stands ICARUS, the consortium of archives and international scientific institutions, which continuously exchanges its knowledge and experience. This enables the enlargement of the “Monasterium idea” in terms of general accessibility and contextual development.
With more than 500.000 charters, Monasterium.net has reached a volume that can be called an inimitable “critical mass”. The Medieval and Early Modern chronicles of individual European regions (i.e. Vorarlberg) can already be accessed online almost 100%!
Monasterium has risen to be the biggest, one-of-a-kind virtual archive in the world. Therefore, in comparison with any other type of historical source, it is the most comprehensive, online source of “charters” within Central Europe. It is our goal to continuously develop this online archive, keep its content unfailingly accessible and connect it with further online resources.