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RARE & FINE BOOKS
KONSTANTINOPEL
RARE & FINE BOOKS
 
PART II LIBER RECOGNITIONIS LOTORUM, 167 acts relating to fiefs belonging to Nobles in Southern France.
45 leaves including index, 1371-1376.

PART III Hommages & Seremens (oaths) de Fidelite, Southern France, Pouzols.
59 leaves 1440-1466.

PART IV Extrait du Livre des Pariages, From a book with 152 leaves on parchment.
14 leaves from 1262 to 1390.
In medieval Francea paréage or pariage was a feudal treaty recognising joint sovereignty over a territory by two rulers, who were on an equal footing, pari passu. Relating to the cities of Mirepoix, Montolieu and other towns in the district of Ariege in France. Judicial documents from a district that also described in Le Roy Ladurie famous book on the last remains of the Cathar heresy in Montaillou.

PART V Hommage et Seremens (oaths) de Fidelite
67 leaves including index 1389 -1390.

PART VI Dénombrements de fiefs in the year 1503
52 leaves including index+ Repetore des Noms des Lieux & Fiefs extracted from the archives in Carcassone 7 leaves


Background

The acts and charters related to Albigensian crusade where transported around 1245 to Paris.
The reason for collecting and copying them was no doubt judicial, the King had to know who was granted what, in order to be able to determine the rights and claims noblemen, town, monasteries and churches made. These acts shed light on the feudal organization of Southern France by Simon de Montfort and his son Amauri, after the land of the heretics where reclaimed. In 1269 King Louis deemed necessary to produce a compilation, consisting of the original documents combined with copies from the original charters that remained in the south of France. Apparently there where 324 documents in all. These where divided into 6 chests (scrinia) and deposited in the Treasury of the Sainte-Chapelle. The work was done by Barthélémy de Pennautier, juge de Carcassonne, et Nicolas d'Auteuil, clerc du roi. These names, the date and the history of their genesis are also mentioned on the first page of the manuscript for sale.
All these hitherto (loose) documents, where - as I understand it - for the first time written down in one single manuscript in 1278-1280.
The scribes gave it an introduction and an index and called it "Registrum Curie Francie".
Of this Registrum other copies where made. One of them was located in the court (sénéchaussée) in Carcassone.
The first book of our 16thcentury manuscript is an extract in French of this ‘Registrum Curie Francie.’It is interesting that apparently a translation from Latin into French was deemed necessary.
The charters and registers of the "Tresor de Chartes”, have been published in a five volume work called “The layettes the The Thresor de Chartres”, Paris1863-1909. The charters mentioned in the first part of this manuscript are (at least) partly published, but the scribe of the manuscript for sale, might have consulted other sources, like charters in the Carcasonne archive, now lost to us, since that archive was burned in the 18thcentury.

The entire manuscript is a goldmine of information on law and feudal relations in Medieval France.

Literature:
Molinier Auguste, . Catalogue des actes de Simon et d'Amauri de Montfort [premier article].. In: Bibliothèque de l'école des chartes. 1873, tome 34. pp. 153-203& (suite) 445-501. read less