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De Campront family charters

 Collection — Volume: 1
Call Number: MS D47


This volume includes 39 copies of charters originally dated between 1268 and 1544. These charters record property acquisitions, marriage settlements, and other financial arrangements made by the Campront family of Normandy, France.


  • Creation: copied from charters dating 1268-1544

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1 volume : Contains 55 vellum folia, lined in light ink or lead, with one set of stitching. Front cover missing, but back cover remains. Has been water damaged. Many documents begin with decorative initials and some folia first lines contain colored decorations. ; Volume measures 23cm tall.

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Scope and Contents

The volume contains several sets of documents detailing transactions over a period of decades, as well as resolutions and confirmations of previous agreements. The documents reflect a 1438 effort by Raoul de Campront, seigneur of Lorey and Campront, to put his legal and financial affairs in order to arrange for the inheritance of his son, as well as to ensure the family retained noble status with the French court. In part, this compilation of documents was probably a reaction to the uncertainties surrounding life in and invasions of Normandy during the Hundred Years' War between England and France, as well as economic difficulties surrounding revenues and landholdings during this era in France. A document from 1544 was apparently added later to the volume and is in a different hand from the other charters.

All items in the volume are copies; some appear to be copies of copies. With the exception of the earliest documents, all were notarized. The documents generally follow a standard pattern: salutation, statement of agreement, guarantees and confirmations, names of witnesses, date, and notice of affixing the seal of the vicomte of the seat where the document was presented.

Physical Location

MS D47

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Rosenthal, Hilrersum, June 1960.


Russell, Beth. "Marriage Contracts in Fifteenth-Century Normandy: An Examination of MS D47 at the Spencer Research Library." Senior Honors Thesis: University of Kansas. Department of History, 1992.
Guide to the de Campront Family Collection
De Campront family charters
Finding aid prepared by alh, 1963; br, 1992. Finding aid encoded by mwh, 2021.
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Finding aid written in English.
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De Campront family charters, MS D47, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

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