) fore scriffuit står, feria secunda post dominicam trinitatis.
4 + 328 folios (283 and 320 foliated) 21cm × 28cm
Since the manuscript was produced in parts, there are overlapping
foliations, one medieval, and one most likely from the 16th century, plus a modern
one for the index. There are several blank leaves inside the quires and these are
unfoliated, which explains why the last foliated leaf in the last quire is 283
4 + V
Catchwords appear on the last pages of two quires, at fols.
, and it is likely that others have been
lost to trimming.
Most of the documents are provided with a title. Documents concerning
the different altars in Turku cathedral (fol. 168 onwards) were composed in the
and later, while work on copying
the earlier parts of the cartulary had already begun by the
1460s at the latest
The cartulary begins
with two parchment leaves and an index of the titles of most of the documents.
The index-part and the leaves preceding it have modern foliation in pencil
(1–13). The two parchment leaves are fragments from an
. They were presumably employed as
pastedowns in the original binding.
Thirty different watermarks, most of
them variants of bull´s heads. Identified motifs are dated to
Crown with a lily above
, fols. 11–20
from fol. 30 onwards (
); and a
from fol. 200 onwards
The cartulary has suffered some water-damage and there
is a worm-hole in fols. 248–254. Small tears etc. have been repaired with
One column, intermittent ruling in ink, number of lines
Littera Gothica Cursiva, several scribes, the level of execution varies.
castle; presumably he
is to be identified with the chancery scribe of the same name working for
Rubrication is used on the first actual folio of the cartulary. Stylized initials
are used throughout the manuscript to mark the beginning of each charter. Several
maniculae occur, with particularly well executed examples on fols.
with blind-tooled flower decoration, remains of two clasps; 22,5 × 30,5.
Registrum Ecclesiae Aboensis is probably the first cartulary to have been
compiled by the medieval chapter of
. Watermarks suggest that the first charter
copies were made in the late
1450s or early 1460s while the last additions were made
. The cartulary was compiled in several parts and most probably involved
several members of the chapter. The name ‘Registrum ecclesiae Aboensis’ is written
on the first leaves of the manuscript. It repeats the cartulary tradition of the
church province of Uppsala, since the cartularies in Uppsala, Linköping and Skarae
dioceses are also named in the same way. The other name by which the cartulary is
customarily known is the ‘Black Book’, which is somewhat later and occurs only in
sources that post-date the 16th century. The name was probably derived from the
black leather binding which was given to the cartulary in
As seen from a few additions on fols. 282–283, the cartulary was moved from
the manuscript was
transferred to the archives of
Turku Court of Appeals
, and in
it was sent to
where it became part of the collections of the
) with the shelf-mark A.25. After the institutional dissolution of the
Antikvitetskollegium the manuscript came to the
, after which it was transferred to its current home in the
. (The history of the manuscript is reconstructed in the
Jarl Gallen, "Studier i Åbo domkyrkas Svartbok",
Historisk Tidskrift för Finland 63
Vanhimmat historialliset kopiokirjamme
, Suomen kirkkohistoriallisen seuran toimituksia, Helsinki 1930.
Codices Medii Aevi Finlandiae I Registrum Ecclesiae Aboensis
, Helsinki 1952.
Jan Liedgren, "Åbo domkyrkas kopieböcker",
Historisk Tidskrift för Finland 33
Turun tuomiokapituli keskiajan lopulla
, Suomen kirkkohistoriallisen seuran toimituksia, Helsinki 1956.
Registrum ecclesiae Aboensis
eller Åbo domkyrkas svartbok
, utg. Reinhold Hausen, Helsingfors 1890.
Peter Ståhl, "Medeltida kopieböcker i Riksarkivet"