Dutch term – Regest

A regest is an abstract of a record, usually of a medieval charter. Many archives provide regesten of their oldest records, which are often in Latin and in a handwriting that is hard to read to modern eyes.

You can find regesten at the websites of archives, or in published oorkondenboeken (charter books). See the article about Oorkonde (charter) for links to these online charter books.

charter with seal

Charter of Emperor Charles V, 1539. Credits: Archive of the Counts of Holland, Nationaal Archief (public domain)

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