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New in the Library : facsimile of the Cartulaire of Mont-Saint-Michel

Cartulaire de Mont-Saint-Michel : Fac-similé du manuscrit 210 de la Bibliothèque municipale d'Avranches,  (Les Amis du Mont-Saint-Michel, 2005)

The monks of Mont-Saint-Michel in the 12th century kept a book of records, or charters, of all the gift of land made to them and the ongoing rights and revenues these estates provided. The Cartulaire of Mont Saint Michel contains references to lands in both St Clement and St Ouen. This beautifully-produced facsmile copy of the manuscript held in Avranches can also enjoyed as a work of art, with its four miniatures and individualised decorative penwork at the beginning of evey charter. 

The cartulaire also contains writings on Saint Magloire, the installation of the monks and the revelation of Saint Michael, which here have been translated into French by Pierre Bouet and Olivier Desbords. There is also an introcution by Emanuelle Poulle.

Another recent and very useful acquisition is the English translation of the text: The Cartulary of Mont-Saint-Michel by K.S.B. Keats-Rohan (Shaun Tyas, 2006) complete with introductory material, concordances and indexes.

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