Portuguese municipal charters in the Middle Ages: an historical and linguistic approach in the digital era



Throughout the 12th and 13th centuries, the construction of the kingdom of Portugal saw the written contractualization of long-term legal relationships in the form of charters. Considering the
charters granted by the royal power, this project aims to reinterpret the nature of these documents (circumstances of granting and textual transmission) and their function in the broad framework
of the relationship between the councils and the royal administration. To this end, this project is based on a key idea: interdisciplinarity. History and Linguistics will provide research with its conceptual
and methodological tools; and Digital Humanities, the necessary instrumental tools to enhance results and make research and dissemination effective.
The main instrumental objective of the project is to constitute a corpus of Portuguese medieval charters, critically and electronically edited, for historical-linguistic reflection. To this end, we will develop innovative methodologies, based on semi-automatic tools for optimizing tasks, making the project results available in open access.
This project promotes the safeguarding of one of the oldest examples of written heritage of local powers, cities and the kingdom of Portugal, and with its memory, we prepare a better response to some
of the major goals of the United Nations for 2030, such as knowledge about justice, defense, equity, economic and ecological sustainability of peoples.

Principal Investigator (PI)

Filipa Roldão, University of Lisbon

NOVA’s PI: Adelaide Millán da Costa – Amélia Aguiar
Andrade – Maria João Branco, IEM – NOVA FCSH

UÉvora’s PI: Hermínia Vilar, University of Évora

Type of Collaboration: NOVA-UÉvora