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Fonction et usage de la lettre de rémission chez les ducs de Bourgogne à la fin du Moyen Âge

Abstract : The letter of remission is a codified document given by the prince, stopping any procedure against people. It forgives the criminal and brings him back his good fama. It allows the historian to wonder about the forgiveness procedure that was established first by the monarchy, then by several territorial princes notably the dukes of Burgundy. The conditions in which these documents were produced at the end of the Middle Ages, their multiple copies and the copies that were made several decades after the initial pardon and that are conserved in the chartrier of the dukes of Burgundy in the Archives Départementales de Côte d’Or invites us to analyze the different practices through time, first by the princely authority and then by those who made later copies. It is possible to ask oneself to what extent the letter of remission was used as a political means by analyzing the evolution of the vocabulary, but also by studying the portrait of the good subject and the good prince which are depicted in these letters. Finally we have to insist on the fact that the letter of remission is not an isolated document, but rather interacts with other pieces of procedure which is a way for the prince to assert his power.
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Rudi Beaulant. Fonction et usage de la lettre de rémission chez les ducs de Bourgogne à la fin du Moyen Âge. Annales de Janua : Actes des journées d'études, Université de Poitiers, 2015, ⟨halshs-01266121⟩



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