Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Chartes De Champagne En Français, Conservées Aux Archives De l'Aube 1270-1300

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Chartes De Champagne En Français, Conservées Aux Archives De l'Aube 1270-1300

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Chartes de Champagne en français, conservées aux Archives de l'Aube, 1270-1300, ed. Pieter van Reemen, with Margot van Mulken and Evert Watt el (Orléans: Paradigme, 2007). xvi + 283 pp. ISBN 978-2-86878-257-1. euro28.00. A principal difference between English and French diplomatic of the later Middle Ages results from the earlier transition in France to the use of the vernacular for legal instruments. France is correspondingly richer in dated vernacular documents of known provenance that can be used to establish local dialectal forms, and so contribute to determining the origins of literary texts. The present edition of seventy-five original records of the late thirteenth century, all from the departmental archive of the Aube, originates in this linguistic concern. It complements a collection that included earlier charters from the département published in 1988 under the editorship of Dominique Coq; both collections are designed to identify linguistic forms distinctive of the Champagne region. The strengths and limitations of this edition are explicable accordingly. The texts - grants of property, confirmation charters, quitclaims, exchanges, leases, arbitration awards - are carefully and conservatively transcribed with close observation of spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and abbreviation. …

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