By Judith Everard, Michael Jones

The quintessential constitution assortment for the Breton lands within the advanced interval of the break-up of the Angevin hegemony. ENGLISH old evaluation round 1200, sovereignty over the duchy of Brittany used to be disputed by way of the Angevin kings of britain and the Capetian kings of France. With few neighborhood chronicle resources bearing on Brittany during this vital interval, ducal charters offer the most important proof for politics, exterior family, and the behavior of presidency. also they are an important resource for Breton society and associations in a interval of fast swap and improvement. gathered right here for the 1st time are the acts of Duchess Constance (1171-1201), her mom, dowager-duchess Margaret of Scotland, Constance's 3 husbands, Geoffrey, son of King Henry II, Ranulf III, earl of Chester, and man de Thouars, and her 3 little ones, Eleanor, Arthur of Brittany, and Alice, who succeeded in 1213 to a duchy less than Capetian sovereignty. the subject material matters not just Brittany, but in addition the Breton rulers' large lands in England, the distinction of Richmond, or even the counties of Anjou, Maine and Touraine whereas they have been below Arthur's rule. The charters also are of wider basic value for the sunshine they solid at the workout of political energy by way of girl rulers.Dr JUDITH EVERARDis a British Academy post-doctoral learn Fellow at Fitzwilliam College,Cambridge; MICHAEL JONESis Professor of Medieval French background on the collage of Nottingham.

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Le sieur [Charles] d'Hozier, Paris 1638 Abbé H. Lemasson, 'Documents pour servir à l'histoire de l'abbaye des Chanoines réguliers de Notre-Dame de Beaulieu au diocèse de Saint-Malo', BSIV, xliv (1914) (and separately, Nantes 1915) J. Levron, 'Catalogue des actes de Pierre de Dreux', MSHAB, xi (1930), 173266 Dom Gui-Alexis Lobineau, Histoire de Bretagne, 2 vols, Paris 1707 'Local Muniments from Sir William Lawson's Archives. s. ii (1858), 10 Thomas Madox, Formulare Anglicanum, London 1702 Magna Vita Sancti Hugonis, ed.

25 and 242. 12 Oheix, loc. cit. Page xxi Editorial Conventions A total of 215 documents are catalogued in this volume. The total number of entries is somewhat greater, but this is because several of the acts of Constance were made in joint-names with her husbands, Geoffrey and Guy, and her son, Arthur. These have been described in full under one of the parties only, with an appropriate cross-reference. Of the 215 acts, the editors have located the original manuscripts of only 52. All of these have been published previously, though often with considerable abbreviation and sometimes from copies rather than the original.

A. de Courson, Paris 1863 Cartulaire de l 'abbaye de St-Sulpice-la-Fort, ed. Dom Anger, Rennes 1911 (previously published in Bulletin de la Société Archéologique d'Ille-et-Vilaine, xxxvxli (190511)) Cartulaire de Château-du-Loir, ed. E. Vallée, Le Marts 1905 'Cartulaire de la Coudrie', ed. L. de la Boutetière, Archives historiques du Poitou, ii (1873) Cartulaire de l'église Notre-Dame de Paris, ed. B. Guérard, 4 vols, Paris 1850 Cartulaire de l'église de Quimper, ed. Abbé P. Peyron, Quimper 1909 (previously published in the Bulletin de la Commission Diocésaine d'Architecture et d'Archéologie de Quimper, 19019) Cartulaire du Morbihan, ed.

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