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Beyond The Text: Medieval Documentary Practices

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This chapter examines the medieval concepts of "copy" and "original" by looking at the filiation of three groups of documents initially produced in northern France before 1200: first, all the acta given for and by the chapter of Saint-Fursy of Péronne; second, all the acta given for and by the abbey of Notre-Dame of Homblières; and third, all the acta given in the name of the counts of Ponthieu. The data of interest thus originate north of Paris, mainly in Picardy. In the case of the comital charters of Ponthieu, published by Clovis Brunel in 1930, the chapter deals with a documentary corpus which, though articulated around the principle of authorship (the charters are all given in the name of the counts of Ponthieu), had no historical organic existence as such, since the charters were preserved in widely dispersed archives.

Keywords:Dame of Homblières; Fursy of Péronne; medieval charter; northern France; Notre; Ponthieu



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