'Pour vraye congnoissance avoir': Historical culture and polemic in the French royal Chambre des comptes in Paris in the Fifteenth Century.
Nottingham Medieval Studies, 49
The anonymous treatise beginning 'Pour vraye congnoissance avoir', composed in 1471, is one of the key texts cited by historians in connection with the evolution of the Salic Law, one of the fundamental laws governing the royal succession in the late medieval and early modern period. In 1989, the author of this article identified the author as Louis Le Blanc, chief scribe (greffier) in the royal chambre des comptes. The current article provides an annotated critical edition of the text, based on the two known manuscripts, with an introduction setting the text within the political and cultural context of the royal administration in the reign of Louis XI.
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