The Register of the Aradian Chapter and its Preface Cover Image

Az aradi káptalan regisztrumtöredéke és regisztrumának előszava
The Register of the Aradian Chapter and its Preface

Author(s): Emőke Gálfi
Subject(s): History
Published by: Erdélyi Múzeum-Egyesület
Keywords: chapter; archives; registers; requisitor; János Laskay

Summary/Abstract: Beginning with the end of the twelfth century, the most important cathedral and collegiate chapters had undertaken the task of compiling charters and diplomas concerning private legal transactions. During the middle ages the collegiate chapter from Arad was an important “place of authentication” in the southern part of the Hungarian kingdom. This institution was destroyed by the Turkish army in 1552. The archives of the chapter, which preserved the copies of diplomas issued usually in the form of volumes (protocolla), had been transported to Transylvania between 1556 and 1563 and were lodged in the archives of the cathedral chapter in Gyulafehérvár (Alba Iulia). Here, it was the task of the requisitors (“letter searchers”) of the secularized chapter to guard the remained registers from Arad. János Laskay, a humanist, wrote a preface to one of these volumes in 1580. This text and a few fragments from the register are the only remains of these archives.

  • Issue Year: LXXII/2010
  • Issue No: 3-4
  • Page Range: 185-196
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Hungarian