‘The praetor does concern himself with trifles’
Hincmar, the polyptych of St-Rémi and the slaves of Courtisols
in Hincmar of Rheims
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This chapter studies the significance of a nota mark placed in the margin of the three known modern copies of the polyptych of the monastery of St-Remi of Rheims. This nota, very probably marked on the original of the polyptych, was perhaps added by Archbishop Hincmar himself. It must have served to attract the attention of readers of the polyptych to the list of witnesses of a judgement, which authorised the bringing back into servitude of a third of the servi from St-Remi’s estate at Courtisols, in 847 or a little after. The nota’s presence witnesses to the seriousness of the affair and the stakes involved in the seigneurial use of writing at Rheims in Hincmar’s era.

Hincmar of Rheims

Life and work

Editors: Rachel Stone and Charles West


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