Two Medieval Occitan Toll Registers from Tarascon

By William D. Paden

© 2016

Two Medieval Toll Registers from Tarascon presents an edition, translation, and discussion of two vernacular toll registers from fourteenth and fifteenth-century Provence. These two registers are a valuable new source for the economic, linguistic, and transportation history of medieval France, offering a window onto the commercial life of Tarascon, a fortified town on the east bank of the Rhône between Avignon and Arles.

William D. Paden discusses the developing fiscal policy of the counts of Provence, for whom the tolls were collected, and the practice and vocabulary of medieval toll-keeping. An afterword considers the toll registers in relation to the poetry of troubadours, arguing that the realism of the registers and the idealism of troubadour poetry overlapped in the world of medieval Tarascon. 

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Two Medieval Toll Registers from Tarascon presents an edition, translation, and discussion of two vernacular toll registers from fourteenth and fifteenth-century Provence. 

Two Medieval Occitan Toll Registers from Tarascon

By William D. Paden

© 2016

Two Medieval Toll Registers from Tarascon presents an edition, translation, and discussion of two vernacular toll registers from fourteenth and fifteenth-century Provence. These two registers are a valuable new source for the economic, linguistic, and transportation history of medieval France, offering a window onto the commercial life of Tarascon, a fortified town on the east bank of the Rhône between Avignon and Arles.

William D. Paden discusses the developing fiscal policy of the counts of Provence, for whom the tolls were collected, and the practice and vocabulary of medieval toll-keeping. An afterword considers the toll registers in relation to the poetry of troubadours, arguing that the realism of the registers and the idealism of troubadour poetry overlapped in the world of medieval Tarascon. 

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Product Details

  • Series: Medieval Academy Books
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 256 pages
  • Illustrations: 3
  • Dimensions: 6.5in x 1.0in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    ‘Magisterially edited and translated…. Two Medieval Occitan Toll Registers will reward not only scholars of Occitan, Provence and France, but will also benefit those interested in medieval Mediterranean culture and European trade networks.’


    Sebastian Sobecki
    Speculum vol 92:04:2017

    ‘This is a very fine and orderly edition complete with all trappings… Glossary is a real gem… The glossary even provides indexes of the words named and we thus get a very fine tool to approach Occitan texts from the period – whether in prose or poetry.’


    Karen Schousboe
    Medieval Histories: News about the Middle Ages, 18 August 2016

    "The linguistic command displayed in Two Medieval Toll Registers from Tarascon lets us know that we are in the hands of a master. It is a careful manuscript transcription and translation that is expertly executed."


    Kathryn Reyerson, Center for Medieval Studies, University of Minnesota
  • Author Information

    William D. Paden is a professor emeritus of French in the Department of French and Italian at Northwestern University.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction
    1. Manuscripts
    2. Chronology
    3. Language
    4. Description of Manuscripts T and N
    5. The World around the Registers
    6. Historical Change in the Toll Registers
    7. This Edition
    8. Afterword: Toll Registers and Troubadours
     

    Occitan Texts and English Translations
    MS T: Tarascon, Archives Municipales AA9, ff. 3r-17
    Text
    Translation
     

    MS N: Newberry Library (Chicago) / Northwestern University (Evanston) MS 1; Newberry Library, Vault Case MS 220
    Text
    Translation
     

    Marginalia
    Textual Notes
    Glossary
    Appendices
    Index of English Names of Commodities
    Concordance of Items, as numbered by Bondurand, with folio and line in MS T 184

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