This book, first published in 1915, is a collection of lectures given between 1897 and 1913 by Reginald Poole, Keeper of the Archives at the University of Oxford, on the subject of the Papal chancery and 'diplomatic' up to the end of the 12th century. This book will be of value to anyone interested in the operation of the Papal diplomatic corps during the crucial period of the Middle Ages.
Preface; List of some abbreviated references; 1. Introduction; 2. Papal documents from Hadrian I; 3. The notaries in the tenth century; 4. The ars dictandi; 5. The forms of documents from Leo IX; 6 The registers; 7. Criticism of documents at the Papal court; Appendix 1. The liber pontificalis; Appendix 2. The regions of Rome; Appendix 3. Salutem et apostolicam benedictionem; Appendix 4. The judices palatini; Appendix 5. A formulary of the thirteenth century; Appendix 6. The Roman provinciale; Appendix 7. Miscellanies; Index.