The papal privileges and letters for the abbey of Cluny and the monastic federation of the «Cluniacensis ecclesia» were printed for the first time in the year 1680 in Lyon under the title: «Bullarium sacri ordinis Cluniacensis». Probably it was Pierre Simon, claustral prior of Saint Martial d'Avignon and secretary of the general chapter, who supervised this edition. The collection contains approximately 500 documents almost exclusively of curial origin from the period between 928 and 1668. Its appendix provides a list of the monasteries that were connected to Cluny by confraternities of prayer.
Unfortunately this edition is only rarely to be found in libraries. Already Alexandre Bruel noticed at the end of the XIXth century that there were only four copies at Paris, i. e. in the Bibliothèque nationale and in the libraries of Sainte Geneviève, the Arsenal and the Archives nationales. The well-known German editor of papal documents of the XIIIth century, August Potthast, could not even use a copy of the «Bullarium» for his research. Modern library catalogues in the Internet like the Karlsruher Virtuelle Katalog or the ABES/SUDOC: Système universitaire de documentation currently record only the copies of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (including a special edition) and of the Staatsbibliothek preussischer Kulturbesitz at Berlin. Other copies are in the University Library of Berkeley and in the Bibliothèque municipale de Dijon. WWW:
As part of a project preparing the summaries of the papal documents relevant to the monastery of Cluny an Internet version of the «Bullarium» is therefore made available here. Jean-Loup Lemaitre, directeur d'études à l'École pratique des hautes études, IVe section, kindly provided photocopies of his private copy of the «Bullarium» for purposes of scanning. I would like to cordially thank him here for his support.
The Internet version of the «Bullarium» is made accessible by indices and concordances. They facilitate finding certain documents and refer to summaries and other editions.
The Index paginarum allows the user to find particular pages of the «Bullarium».
The L'Index chronologicus Privilegiorum offers a chronologically arranged overview of all documents with the conventional information (date, author, etc.) for identifying a piece. If possible, further editions as well as summary-collections are designated. The abbreviations can be dissolved by clicking.
If a page of the «Bullarium» is represented on the screen, then the author of the charter and the date of the piece on the page can be made visible by clicking.
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