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Le dossier hagiographique et liturgique de saint Gilles : composition et diffusion

Abstract : Unlike most southern saints whose cult remains local, devotion to Saint Gilles was widely spread in Western Europe from the 11th century onwards and fuelled an important pilgrimage to the eponymous abbey. The profusion of manuscripts transmitting the pieces of the hagiographic dossier of Saint Gilles - at least 177 manuscripts, dating from the 11th to the 17th century - is one of the main testimonies of the influence of his cult. In the same way, the presence of Saint Gilles, as early as the 11th century, in the liturgical books of regions distant from the abbey shows that hagiographic dissemination goes hand in hand with liturgical commemoration. By clarifying the different pieces of the hagio-liturgical dossier and by exploiting the data of a corpus of manuscripts specially gathered and formalized for GIS analyses, this article intends to give for the first time a general analysis of the spatial dissemination of the witnesses to the Life of Saint Gilles (BHL 93-97). It puts this corpus in parallel with other factual data, such as the location of the dependencies of the Abbey of Saint-Gilles, the origin of pilgrims according to the accounts of the saint's miracles, the origin of the deceased commemorated by the monks according to the abbey's necrologe, as well as ecclesiastical networks - in particular that of the School of Fulbert Chartres - and aristocratic networks mobilized by matrimonial alliances between Angevins, Capetians and Toulouso-provençals.
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Eliana Magnani. Le dossier hagiographique et liturgique de saint Gilles : composition et diffusion. Andreas Hartmann-Virnich; Heike Hansen. De Saint-Gilles à Saint-Jacques. Recherches archéologiques sur l’art roman des « Chemins de Compostelle » dans le Midi français et en Espagne, Éditions Marion Charlet, pp.18-37, A paraître. ⟨halshs-03084810⟩



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