Rihvage – Recherches interdisciplinaires sur l’histoire des châteaux et des cours en Val de Loire à l’âge médiéval et renaissant

Rihvage – Recherches interdisciplinaires sur l’histoire des châteaux et des cours en Val de Loire à l’âge médiéval et renaissant focuses on castles and courts in the French Val de Loire during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. It proposes an interdisciplinary approach to the social, political, economic, artistic, and cultural aspects of the history of these castles and courts between the 12th and 17th century. In total, about 20 major places are concerned. All of these places are part of UNESCO world heritage, and all of them were once property of kings, queens, princes, or great statesmen, such as the castles of Amboise, Chambord, Blois, Loches, Chenonceau, and Clos Lucé. In addition, the castles of the region of the river Loire and its tributaries are included. This corresponds with the old provinces of Orléanais, Touraine, and Anjou, limited by the borders of Poitou, Berry, and Maine.

One of the aims of Rihvage is to provide online access to relevant bibliographies and archival sources. These can be accessed under ‘Bases de données’ (‘databases’). A large variety of material is brought together, such as summaries of research, archival documents, printed sources, engravings, objects from museums, editions of sources, postcards, audio, and video. They are available in digitized version, either on the site of Rihvage itself or through a link leading to another website.

In November 2015 almost 7300 items were available. Both basic and advanced search are possible. In addition, it is possible to browse the material by castle, or archive or library collection.

Items are accompanied by extensive metadata. In order to view the digitizations it is necessary to register (for free).

Rihvage has various academic and non-academic partners in Tours, Orléans, and the Val-de-Loire.

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