Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Le Cartulaire De Romainmotier (XIIe Siecle)

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Le Cartulaire De Romainmotier (XIIe Siecle)

Article excerpt

Le Cartulaire de Romainmotier (XIIe siecle), ed. Alexandre Pahud, Cahiers lausannois d'histoire medievale 21 (Lausanne, 1998). 248 pp. ISBN 2-9400110-11-5. Sw. Fr. 35.00. The cartulary of the Cluniac abbey of Romainmotier, in the canton of Lausanne, is the oldest in French-speaking Switzerland, and is a significant source for the history of the Vaud and Franche-Comte from the tenth century (the date of the earliest text, the abbey's charter in 928 onwards. Nevertheless, despite the interest of its contents, it has never been properly edited. This edition by Alexandre Pahud (based on his doctoral thesis) gives the full text of the first part of the cartulary, copied in the twelfth century: seventy-seven charters, letters, and legal notices of the most varied kind, from a forged letter from Pope Gregory the Great giving all monasteries complete immunity from episcopal interference to arguments about the rebuilding of a cluse. The edition is extremely competent. The codicological information (including rejected readings) is clearly presented, and the notes to each document are full enough to be helpful without cluttering up the edition with excessive or repetitious information. Pahud has managed to identify the great majority of the names of both places and persons mentioned, over 1,000 in number (the difficulty of doing this was one of the major complaints of a previous editor of part of the text); the bibliography, though limited in scope, is thorough in the field it intends to cover, and the table of documents which precedes it gives a clear overview of the structure of the cartulary, although one might also have wished for a chronological list of both the documents and the major figures mentioned in the charters and letters. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.