School of Historical Studies

Carolingian Polyptyques


This document originates from the abbey of Saint-Amand-les-Eaux founded in 647 on the banks of the River Scarpe, near Tournai, now in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, belonging to département Nord in France. It was founded by Saint Amand, bishop of Tongres, and gained the suffix 'les-Eaux' from the mineral springs and mudbaths close by. Whilst the doucment is fragmentary it is still useful as an example of the north eastern holdings in France. It was compiled between 821 and 872.

One of the special things about this fragmentary polyptyque is that it contains the only two references to a glazier being specifically named as holder of a mansus, in the vicinity of Douai, northern France, and half a mansus, in Barisis, département Aisne.

Manuscript: Bibliothèque municipale de Valenciennes, ms. 392.

Edition: Hägermann, Dieter & Hedwig, Andreas, Das Polyptychon und die Notitia de Areis von Saint-Maur-des-Fossés (Beihefte der Francia, 23) (Sigmaringen, 1990) pp. 103-105.

Translation: Dr. Joanna Story

Map: a map of the holdings of St-Amand-les-Eaux


UPDATED:January 2008
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