Dispositio (diplomacy)

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The Dispositio (from Latin disponere = to dispose, to arrange) is the part of the medieval document form in which the actual legal content is formulated and which is only suitable to a limited extent for prefabricated, standardized formulations. In addition to personal information such as data on activity and whereabouts, which are mainly obtained from other parts of the document ( Inscriptio , Narratio , Subscriptio ), the statements of the Dispositio are the core of the historical interpretation of a document. In particular, it serves to reconstruct the history of ownership, provides insights into economic and social structures and the often complex network of rights and freedoms of the recipient of the document.

In mandates, information on the facts is often given in the preceding narration, the description of the facts, and the disposition, usually introduced with mandamus (we command) or equivalent verbs, is limited to the mandate to carry out certain measures, such as reinstatement in alienated ones Possession or performance.


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  1. The variations in stereotypical lists in property lists usually reflect a consideration of the specific circumstances in each case, as far as the exhibitor knew about it himself or had been informed accordingly by the petitioner.