Cartulary of the Abbey Saint-Étienne of Caen (12th century) : Essay for Documentary Archaeology
Fujimoto, Tamiko (Université de Caen Basse-Normandie)
Tabularia « Études », n° 10, (2010)
In spite of the historical importance of the abbey Saint-Étienne of Caen in the Anglo-Norman world, its cartulary, whose original manuscript strayed off during the nineteenth century, remains still largely ignored. The rediscover of the manuscript in 1996 finally enables us to study this documentary writing as a material, on the basis of codicologic and paleographic analyses, as well as observations of its internal structure. Made on three stages during the twelfth century, the Saint-Étienne cartulary gives us a glimpse of an evolution of the archivistic strategy in this monastery in the midst of the cartularisation in the Middle Ages.