Le Petit Thalamus de Montpellier

Le Petit Thalamus de Montpellier provides a digital critical edition of manuscript AA9 of the City Archive of Montpellier, known under the name of Petit Thalamus. This manuscript was created in 1320, and was worked on until 1604. It is the seventh and last of a series of documents that were written from the 1260s onwards. In it, the government of Montpellier documented its own history, by registering the privileges that were given to the city of Montpellier (coutumes), the legislative texts (établissements), the auctions, the officers’ oaths, the leudes, and various annals that derived from the consular lists written after the beginning of the 13th century. The work is written in the Occitan language.

There are various ways to access the pages of the manuscript. They can be browsed through an index of places, or through an index of persons. In addition, there is a timeline (divided in two parts: ‘Les annales occitanes, 800-1426’, and ‘La chronique Française, 1502-1604’). By clicking on a year, the corresponding page in the manuscript is shown.

When a page of the manuscript is selected, four different columns are shown next to each other: a digital image of the original (zoom options are available), the edition, the translation in modern French, and explanatory comments. In addition to the digitized source, the website contains a large amount of information on the manuscript.

A first version of the project was published online in November 2014. A second, improved version is scheduled for online publication in Spring 2015.

The project was funded by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR), the city of Montpellier, and the region of Languedoc-Roussillon.

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Wednesday, 26 November 2014 - 4:03pm
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