As some of the readers will know, I am particularly interested in the city of Saint-Omer in Northern France. This is a good reason to test and search for the first time unknown occurrences of this city, its city officials and chapter officials in the registers of the French royal chancery.
As a matter of fact, the results are quite impressive…
In total, 173 occurrences are found for “audomarum” OR “audomari” or “audomaro” and 73 occurrences for “saint omer”. I noticed bypassing that “osmer” is also present in the registers, but not in our index (generally silently regularized to “omer”).
Of all these 246 occurrences, only one is a false positive, where the word is indexed on a blank page, which is quite puzzling! (example) Some occurrences are correct, but about the city of Pont-Audemer in Normandy, which, in Latin, is Pons Audomari, example).So, an overall precision of no less than 99.6%
There are some striking examples, such as the general confirmation by John II of France of privileges granted to the city mayor by Robert, count of Artois, and, in the meanwhile, confirmed by Philip IV, Philip V, Charles IV, Philip VI, with a very well highlighted initial structure.
Again, we find that the HIMANIS system is capable of reading and expanding abbreviations…
If you want to check by yourself, you may open the following excel-files in which I have stored the number of occurrences and links 🙂