Skip to Main content Skip to Navigation
Book sections

Une poésie à l’échelle monumentale : les inscriptions des médaillons des apôtres à l’abbaye de La Sauve-Majeure

Abstract : In the Middle Ages a small but significant part of the epigraphic production was in verse. These verse inscriptions brought a monumental scale to medieval poetry, and the abbey of La Sauve-Majeure preserves a fine example. For the dedication of the church in 1231, twelve medallions, which focused on the apostles, were embedded in the columns of the nave. One hexameters distich was inscribed around each apostolic figure and recalled teh conditions of his martyrdom. Instead of considering each distich in isolation, this study will examine these twenty four hexameters as a unique poem on the scale of the church. The reading of the poem would lead the reader from the entry at the west end to the choir, from far-off lands to Rome. It proposes a real progression through the church and across the cartography of the Church. Between the lines, these verses give the image of the development of the abbey whose founder, Gérard de Cordie, was canonized a few decades earlier. Like the Vitae and the main cartulary, this epigraphic poem enhanced the tutelary role of La Sauve-Majeure in Christendom.
Complete list of metadatas

https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-01428970
Contributor : Vanessa Ernst-Maillet <>
Submitted on : Friday, January 6, 2017 - 4:46:19 PM
Last modification on : Friday, September 20, 2019 - 5:30:11 PM

Identifiers

  • HAL Id : halshs-01428970, version 1

Collections

Citation

Estelle Ingrand-Varenne. Une poésie à l’échelle monumentale : les inscriptions des médaillons des apôtres à l’abbaye de La Sauve-Majeure. La rigueur et la passion. Mélanges en l’honneur de Pascale Bourgain, 71, Brepols, pp.513-525, 2016, Instrumenta Patristica et Mediaevalia (IPM), 978-2-503-56887-4. ⟨halshs-01428970⟩

Share

Metrics

Record views

122