School of Historical Studies

Carolingian Polyptyques

Notitia de areis

Introduction: This document orignates from the monastery of Saint-Maur-des-Fossés located in the great bend of the Marne outside Paris. The Notitia de areis was composed between 867 and 869, and is contained in the last folios of the so-called Rorigo Bible, supposedly (but not actually) brought to the abbey by the monks of Glanfeuil, along with the polyptych of the abbey.

The Notitia de areis describes the urban holdings in Paris of the monastery, some thirty-four pieces in total. The exact locations of the holdings described are unfortunately unknown. It is notable, however, for the great number of churches mentioned, and the substantial size of the holdings attached to them, as well as the significant number of laymen named as patrons of each church. All the plots listed are connected to a via publica, and twice markets are mentioned. This indicates, along with the description of each plot, that the abbey was active in expanding and consolidating its holdings in the region nearby, and was eager to obtain exemptions from all customs on carrying and trade activities.

Manuscript: Contained in the last folios of the Rorigo Bible along with the Polyptych of St-Maur-des-Fossés, this document is found in Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale MS. lat. 3, fol. A/B.

Edition: Hägermann, Dieter & Hedwig, Andreas, Das Polyptychon und die Notitia de Areis von Saint-Maur-des-Fossés (Beihefte der Francia, 23) (Sigmaringen, 1990) pp. 98-99.

Translation: Dr. Joanna Story


UPDATED:January 2008
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