Another cross-posting from H-Albion. This is a great resource! I just fooled around with it myself and there are some Welsh documents from the 12th c. (mostly from the abbey of Strata Marcella) that you can browse, along with some random Welsh things in the Chester and Gloucester docs. Anyone interested in the Cistercians in Wales or the local history of Powys should take a look. The database has the Latin text with a brief English translation.
David W. Fortin
Millersville, PA 17551
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Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2004 10:24:23 -0700
From: "Al Magary" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: DEEDS online archive of 12-13C England-Wales property
Item from UToronto's DEEDS project, news of which was picked up
from another list and a blog:
The University of Toronto DEEDS (Documents of Essex England Data
Set) Research Project was founded in 1975 by Michael Gervers,
professor of History of the University of Toronto, to create a
database of information culled from medieval property exchange
documents which would be of interest to social and economic
In the early stages more than 1,500 private charters of the
Great Cartulary of the Order of the Hospital of St. John of
Jerusalem, with particular reference to the County of Essex,
were converted into electronic format and stored in the database
management system. The wide range of computer-based analyses
conducted on these charters allowed us to create an extensive
research database containing some 300,000 records, including
information about personal names, relationships, occupations,
properties both tangible and intangible, places and, where
available, dates, which was easily accessible to the researcher.
The DEEDS Corpus of private Latin charters has now expanded to
include more than 8,000 dated medieval property exchange
documents from twelfth- and thirteenth-century England and
Wales, extracted from more than 150 printed Cartulary sources.
Every charter is converted to electronic format, encoded using
Extensible Markup Language (XML) technology and finally stored
in the database management system.