About Diplomatarium Danicum

Diplomatarium Danicum is an ongoing publishing project funded by Carlsberg Foundation (Carlsbergfondet). The principal aim of the project is to publish medieval charters (diplomas) from Denmark as well as letters from outside Denmark that refers to Danish affairs.

The records are written mainly in Latin, Low German and Danish, with Danish becoming more widely used around the beginning of the fifteenth century. The material is nowadays housed in archives throughout Europe; however, the majority of it can be found in the Danish National Archives (Rigsarkivet) in Copenhagen.

The Diplomatarium Danicum started in 1932 and since then more than 18,000 charters have been published covering the period between 789 and 1412. The editorial board, under the auspices of the Society for Danish Language and Literature, are currently working on records from the period between 1413 and 1450. Diplomatarium Danicum is available in the following formats:

  • As printed publications covering the years 789–1400 (published by Munksgaard and by C.A. Reitzel).
  • As on-line publications covering the years 1401–50. The digital publications are freely accessible through this portal for the Danish Middle Ages and Renaissance.

A presentation of Diplomatarium Danicum is also available in the following languages: deutsch, français, italiano.