IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1115: Monastic Houses of Brittany, II: Material Culture

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:'Ancient Abbeys of Brittany' Project
Organiser:Claude Lucette Evans, Department of Language Studies, University of Toronto, Mississauga
Moderator/Chair:Claude Lucette Evans, Department of Language Studies, University of Toronto, Mississauga
Paper 1115-aBreton Abbeys as Credit Institutions: The Case of Beauport, Boquen, and Saint-Aubin-des-Bois
(Language: English)
Kenneth Paul Evans, School of Administrative Studies, York University, Ontario
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Ecclesiastical History, Economics - Rural
Paper 1115-bSceller, discours du signe dans sa réalité concrète, étendue des champs d'exploration et fonds cisterciens bretons en exemple
(Language: Français)
Martine Fabre, Université Paris IV - Sorbonne
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Charters and Diplomatics, Technology
Abstract

This session will present two aspects of the material culture of Breton monasteries: financial loans and the physical support of their documents. Paper -a will discuss the use of pignorative contracts which circumvented the prohibitions of the church on usury and permitted lending to members of the local population for causes that were deemed just. Paper -b will describe a nondestructive evaluation conducted with Terahertz imaging on ink, wax, inclusions, seal ties and parchments and discuss more specifically the application of the technique to an examination of the seals of Breton Cistercian houses.