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The Cartulary of Flavigny: 717-1113.

Ed. by Constance Brittain Bouchard, Medieval Academy Books, 99 (Kalamazoo, Michigan: Medieval Academy of America, 1991). ix + 166 pp. ISBN 0-915651-05-x. $24.00. The first full critical edition of the eleventh/twelfth-century cartulary of the Burgundian monastery of Flavigny. The mediaeval manuscript is lost and the text is known only through seventeenth- and eighteenth-century copies, which are here fully collated and discussed. The cartulary contained some sixty documents, ranging from imperial confirmations of rights to small gifts by local landowners. It is not a large collection of charters, but it does contain some important documents: for instance, the detailed foundation charters of the early eighth century, recording the substantial endownment of the monastery by the otherwise unknown Burgundian nobleman Wideradus, and a fascinating record Of 894 of a judgement in the case of Girfred, a monk of Flavigny accused of the poisoning of the bishop of Autun. Flavigny was an important monastery in the eighth and ninth centuries, until overshadowed by Cluny and the nearby Vezelay, and its cartulary well illustrates the links (both local and supraregional) that a mediaeval monastery needed to form in order to retain its property and its position.
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Publication:Medium Aevum
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Mar 22, 1993
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