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The term “matricula,” which is used inconsistently as a research term in the study of sources, denotes various types of written material. Entering English from Latin in the 16th century (matricula: “public register”), it has been used to refer to a number of forms of list-like registers, in particular lists of people.

The Latin word was found in ecclesiastical contexts in the Middle Ages, and tended to mean lists of the clergy at a church institution or of the needy in receipt of such an institution's permanent support. The expansion of literacy and government from the late Middle Age…

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Neu, Tim, “Matricula”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 28 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_023800>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801

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