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Selected Sources: France



Note that area we know as France is so central to medieval studies that sources relating to its history are scattered everywhere in the Sourcebook. See, for example, the sections on:

  • The Early Germans
  • The Carolingians
  • 10 C Collapse, Feudalism and Recovery
  • Economic Life
  • Livre des Sources Médiévales
    A section of the Sourcebook devoted to texts available in French. This section begins life with an ample selection of over 150 etexts from the middle ages until the end of the Ancien Regime. Most are in French, but some are in Latin, Langue d'oc and Langue d'oil. 
  • WEB Gallica
    Gallica is the website of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. It is aa major online repository of documents, articles, books and manuscripts.
  • WEB Sources d'histoire médiévale [Persée]
    Persée is a digital library of open access, mostly French-language scholarly journals, established by the Ministry of National Education of France. The full text of 53 volumes of medieval sources translated from French is now available online.

The Regions of the Kingdom of France
  • Synod of Charroux: Peace of God Proclaimed, 989.
  • Drogo of Terouanne: Truce of God , 1063.
  • Chronicle of the Counts of Anjou, c.1100, trans. Steve Lane
  • Gesta Arnaldi: The Deeds of Bishop Arnald of Le Mans and the Le Mans Commune, 1065-1081, trans. Richard Barton
    From a compilation known as the Acts of the Bishops Living in the City of Le Mans, froma period when Maine was the object of a lengthy power struggle between Normandy and Anjou.The text also also provides the most detailed evidence for one of the earliest French communes - that of Le Mans in 1070.
  • Dudo of St. Quentin (c. 965-died before 1043): Gesta Normannorum (written btw. 996-1015), ed. and trans. Felice Lifshitz. Transcription of Latin Text also available, [At this site, was at ORB Library]

The Rise of Capetian France
The France of Philip II Augustus
St Louis (King Louis IX) (b.1414-r.1226-d.1270)
Philip IV (b.1268-r.1285-d.1314)
The Hundred Years War (1337-1453)

NOTES: Links to files at other site are indicated by [At some indication of the site name or location]. No indication means that the text file is local. WEB  indicates a link to one of small number of high quality web sites which provide either more texts or an especially valuable overview.

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