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Corpus des inscriptions de la France médiévale, 25 : Indre, Indre-et-Loire, Loir-et-Cher (région Centre)

Abstract : Forty years after the first volume dedicated to the city of Poitiers under the direction of Robert Favreau, the 25th edition of the Corpus of Inscriptions in Medieval France adds to the series with three departments of the Centre region: Indre, Indre-et-Loire and Loir-et-Cher. With 162 inscriptions dated from the eighth to the thirteenth century, of which 81 are from the department of Indre-et-Loire alone because of the city of Tours, this region offers a particularly rich, plentiful and varied epigraphic heritage. This is why texts associated with images are highly represented in this volume, and outnumber the usual funeral inscriptions. Another distinctive feature of the documentation of the Centre region is that half of the inscriptions are dated from the 11th and 12th centuries, which allows to document a generally under-represented time period, especially from a paleographic point of view. The inscriptions, which accompany the images and help them make sense, are in Latin, or less often in vernacular French, such as the word Galopin, which can be seen in the mural paintings of the church of Gargilesse-Dampierre. They bring the social realities of the Middle Ages to life for the reader. This volume is also outstanding by the many epigraphic literary compositions, for example by Alcuin in the Carolingian era, or those of Baldric of Dol in the early 12th century. In another style entirely, the two long diplomatic texts, which were formerly placed on the town gates of Blois and reminded citizens of the mutual obligations they had towards the counts, are of great interest for understanding inscriptions which reproduce the content of private or public deeds. Now covering 65 departments, the Corpus of Inscriptions of Medieval France is a reference collection on the Middle Ages and their study. Exceeding the limits of local and specialised scholarship, it contributes to the revival of scientific questions on the culture of writing in the Middle Ages.
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Vincent Debiais, Estelle Ingrand-Varenne, Cécile Treffort. Corpus des inscriptions de la France médiévale, 25 : Indre, Indre-et-Loire, Loir-et-Cher (région Centre). CNRS éditions, 25, pp.228, 2014, Corpus des inscriptions de la France médiévale, Cécile Treffort, 978-2-271-07538-3. ⟨halshs-01092840⟩

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