New book by Professor Kouky Fianu: Promettre, confesser, s'obliger : devant Pierre Christofle, notaire royal à Orléans (1437)
Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2017
In her new book, Professor Fianu asks the question: Why did medieval people consult a notary instead of making contracts in any number of other possible ways? Fianu's answer to this question rests on a lexical, visual, diplomatic, and sociological analysis of the contracts produced by a notary in 15th century Orléans. The book comprises an interpretative essay relying on the critical edition of the notes taken by the notary over the course of the entire year 1437.