France: 1066 - 1453

EuroDocs > History of France: Primary Documents > 1066 - 1453

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Medieval documents reproduced on the Ministry of Culture's Archim imagebank.
(7th to 16th centuries; photo facsimiles)

An exhibition of the Getty Museum   utilizing manuscripts to illustrate French medieval history.
(1250-1500; facsimiles and commentary)

Seals with images important for establishing official portraits and to show legitimacy and provenance of accompanying documents.
A collection of facsimiles at Notre Dame's Medieval Institute Library.
(Facsimiles and commentary)
Royal seals of the Bourgogne dynasty reproduced on the Ministry of Culture's Archim imagebank.
(9th to16th centuries; photo facsimiles)

Reproductions of manuscript illuminations and decor
Preserved in French municipal libraries, linked in a database searchable by multiple criteria.
Produced through the auspices of CNRS.
(8th to 18th centuries; facsimiles and metadata)

Database of the Charters of the abbey of Cluny.
Project developed by the University of Münster.
Website also available in German, French, Spanish, and Italian.
(10th to 12th centuries; Latin facsimiles)

(987-1291; photo facsimiles, sound files and commentaries)

This section includes primary documents of post-1066 France online.
(1066 - 1603; facsimiles and transcriptions)

(1131-1215; English translations)

(1173: Letter; Latin transcription; English translation)

Digital library of all known manuscript copies of the Roman de la Rose (written by Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meun), which number around 300.
(13th century; facsimile manuscripts)

Facsimiles from the Bibliothèque Nationale
(1318-1380; photo facsimiles of manuscripts)

Excerpts from an 1805 translation by Thomas Johnes
Edited by Steve Muhlenberger of Nipissing University (Canada)
(14th century; English translations)
Excerpted accounts of the Hundred Years' War
(1369-1410; English translations)

See also details for reading Froissart's chronicles on the web in the original French or in modern French translation.

Faits d'armes (Deeds of Arms)

Edited by Steve Muhlenberger of Nipissing University (Canada)
(14th and early 15th centuries; transcriptions from Scots English, Middle English, Middle French and Latin; also English translations)

The tombs at Dijon of the Burgundian dukes Philip the Bold (1342-1404) and John the Fearless (Jean sans peur, 1371-1419) were furnished with sculpted alabaster "mourners."
These online facsimiles are scalable and 360° turnable.
(Late 14th - early 15th centuries; 3-D sculpture facsimiles)

Les très riches heures du Duc de Berry
(A medieval book of hours)

(ca. 1412-1416; photo facsimiles)

(Transcriptions and translations)

(1412/13 - 1431; mostly English translations)
A contemporary chronicle of Joan of Arc's life by Christine de Pisan.
(approx. 1429; facsimile and original French transcription with English translation)

Royal monetary edicts and decrees from the mid ninth century until after the French Revolution.
Also a good source for information on the succession of French kings.
(843-1792; published transcriptions in pdf file).
Under construction in reverse chronological order: most recent years available first.

A set of historical maps from Dr. Ronnie Ellenblum's Historic Cities

A growing collection of documented texts.
(From ancient times through 1914; Latin, Langue d'Oc, Langue d'Oil transcriptions and translations)

Photographic reproductions of constitutions, edicts, treaties, letters, photos, atlases and official seals
of relevance to French national and regional history --
available either by search engine or by thematic "dossiers."

Exhibition showcasing the development of courtly fashion as depicted in the art of Medieval France and the Netherlands. Timeline spanning from the "Fashion Revolution" (c. 1330) to the beginning of the Renaissance in France.
(1325-1515; manuscripts and descriptions)

Includes primary and secondary documents, provided by Don Mabry.
(Transcriptions, facsimiles and commentaries, mostly in English)

Historical documents and commentary on the region -- former duchy -- of Savoy.
(1100 - present; French & Latin transcriptions, facsimiles and commentaries)

The Roubaix Digital Library in the region Nord-Pas-de-Calais aims to concentrate all the local primary sources for the history of the city in one digital library.
Browse by theme, collection or chronological era.
(15th - 20th centuries; Facsimiles, pictures and descriptions)

EuroDocs > History of France: Primary Documents > 1066 - 1453

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