Christelle Balouzat-Loubet: Encoding gruerie accounts (14th-15th c.)
MEDEA Spring Meeting, Wheaton College, Norton, Mass.
Thursday, April 7, 2016, [return to program overview]
Université de Lorraine
Since last year, I have been working on a personal project on the medieval management of the forest area as a mirror for princely power. This research is principally based on the analysis of the accountancy of the dukes of Lorraine (14th-15th c.) whose richness and diversity enable the issue to be addressed in all its dimensions: anthropological, political, economic, territorial and environmental. The accounts of these dukes have never been studied systematically. Yet they are abundant and several are related to the forest, especially gruerie accounts, which are numerous from the fifteenth century. The goal is to enable diversified operations on the digitized corpus: codicology, lexicometric analysis, prosopography, statistics. It is therefore necessary to combine technical and scientific perspectives to provide a tool for historians’ work.
This presentation is based on the example of an accounting register concerning the gruerie of Châtenois and Neufchâteau (FRAD054 — B 4623, 1488-1501). After a quick presentation of the document, I’ll explain why I’ve chosen an XML-TEI markup considering the aim of my research. Second, I’ll propose my encoding schema to illustrate my choices in adapting the TEI model and to show the difficulties or questioning I’ve met in my work, which is just there in its early stages.
Image credit: La partie meridionale de Lorraine, 1619 map by Gerhard Mercator, Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license, via Wikimedia Commons.