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  • Monumenta Germaniae Historica
    This is a monumental collection of medieval documents (even the title proclaims it).
    Consisting of published volumes in facsimile form of the sub-series:
Scriptores (Historiographers),
Leges (Legal Texts),
Diplomata (Political Documents),
Epistolae (Correspondence),
Antiquitates (Poetry and History of Thought), along with other sub-series.
Full-text searchable transcriptions to follow soon.
(Middle Ages; Latin and German facsimiles)

As an inventory of all documentary and historiographical sources of the Roman-German royal lines from the Carolingians to Maximilian I, as well as of the Popes of the Early and High Middle Ages, the Regesta Imperii are among the great source works of German and European History.
Available as browse for facsimiles of original book pages or as an advanced keyword search for the corresponding full texts.
(751-1519; German facsimiles & transcriptions) - Some work still in progress -

With heaviest emphases on the cities of Meissen, Leipzig, and Freiberg
(948 - 1555; German and Latin facsimiles of original book pages)

Bielefeld [u.a.]: Velhagen & Klasing 1886.
Historical atlas digitized by Monumenta Germaniae Historica.
(Facsimile maps with commentary, mainly of Germany and Europe)

(German transcriptions & translations)

(802; English translation)

(817; English translation)

The chronicle of Bishop Thietmar of Merseburg.
Exemplary digital editing by Monumenta Germaniae Historica
(ca. 1000; German facsimiles and transcriptions)

(German transcriptions & translations)

(German transcriptions & translations)

(1152-1157; English translation)

Seals with images important for establishing official portraits and to show legitimacy and provenance of accompanying documents.
A collection of facsimiles at Notre Dame's Medieval Institute Library.
(Facsimiles and commentary)

(German transcriptions & translations)

(1085; English translation)

(13 April 1180; English translation)

(19 November 1274; English translation)

Die große Heidelberger Liederhandschrift.
Complete facsimile of the Codex Palatinus Germanicus 848 in the Heidelberg university library,
A famous and well-preserved collection of medieval German literature.
(1305-1340; German facsimiles)

Der Sachsenspiegel

A set of historical and legal documents (land and fiefdom rights) from Saxony & vicinity.
(Early 14th century; German facsimiles)

(1356; English translation)

(1386; English translation)

Standard and comprehensive source for questions of chronology, time reckonings and calendars.
Extends beyond the German border; includes calendars of saints by city, diocese and order.
Digitized by Dr. Horst Ruth.
(Annotated Latin and German transcriptions)

Facsimiles of German-language medieval manuscripts.
Organized by locations of manuscripts.

Online medieval documents relating to the history of Regensburg.
(German and Latin facsimiles and transcriptions)
NOTE: Many of the documents are not yet available to the general public, but only samples can be accessed.

Late medieval illustrated manuscripts preserved in the Heidelberg university library.
(German facsimiles)

Source materials about the war between Swabia and Switzerland in 1499
From the University of Freiburg
(1499-1550; German and Latin transcriptions)

Exemplary online archival materials at the municipal level.
(1395 - 1650; Latin and German transcriptions)
Online medieval archival materials from Passau.
(1299 - 1350; Latin and German transcriptions)
Digitized collection of medieval and early modern manuscripts in the German language.
Also available in English.
(Middle Ages - Early Modern Period; manuscripts)

Digitized block books from the Bavarian collections, belonging to the rarest and most valuable libraries worldwide.
Browse by alphabetical or chronological order.
Also available in English.
(15th century; manuscripts)

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