Two Medieval Occitan Toll Registers from Tarascon

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University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 2016 - Business & Economics - 278 pages

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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Contents

Introduction
3
Newberry Library Chicago Northwestern University Evanston MS 1 Newberry Library Vault Case MS 220
120
Marginalia
155
Textual Notes
157
Glossary
163
English Names of Commodities in the Glossary
239
Appendices
245
Concordance of Items as numbered by Bondurand with folio and line in MS T
261
Works Cited
267
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William D. Paden is a professor emeritus of French in the Department of French and Italian at Northwestern University.

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