Colloquium "Around the Virtual library of Mont Saint-Michel. State of Research on the Ancient Monastic Library" (september 5-7th, 2018, Avranches)

Colloque Avranches bibliothèque Mont Saint-Michel

The Centre Michel de Boüard (CRAHAM), the MRSH of the University of Caen Normandie, the city of Avranches and the Mont Saint-Michel organize a meeting « Around the Virtual library of Mont Saint-Michel State of Research on the Ancient Monastic Library » from 5th to 7th of September 2018 in Avranches (France).

The publication of the Digital Library of Mont Saint-Michel in April 2017 was the occasion to make available to the public and researchers the records of 205 manuscripts (with their digital reproductions) and 1260 printed volumes from the former Monastic Library of Mont Saint-Michel. These books, seized by the State during the French Revolution, have been kept in Avranches since 1791.

The objective of this meeting is to take a look of recent research and work on books, both manuscripts and printed books, and on the library of Mont Saint-Michel. The period covered includes the Middle Ages and modern times: from the foundation of Mont Saint-Michel by the Bishop of Avranches Aubert (708) to the closing of the monastery during the French Revolution (1791).

The meeting concludes the first stage of a research program conducted in partnership between the University of Caen, the CNRS and the city of Avranches. The Maison de la recherche en sciences humaines (Pôle Document numérique and Office universitaire des études normandes ; USR 3486), the Centre Michel de Boüard (UMR 6273), the heritage library of Avranches and the Scriptorial have worked to create the Digital Library of Mont Saint-Michel, with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Communication (PAPE 2011-2012) and the Equipex Biblissima (partner project 2015-2016). The meeting is also an opportunity to initiate new partnerships and work on the library of the Mont Saint-Michel.

Informations and call for papers available at

Scientific Committee

  • Marie Bisson, sources analysis engineer, University of Caen Normandie (MRSH and CRAHAM)
  • Pierre Bouet, honorary lecturer, University of Caen Normandie
  • Charlotte Denoël, head of the service of medieval manuscripts at the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF)
  • Catherine Jacquemard, professor, University of Caen Normandie (CRAHAM)
  • Stéphane Lecouteux, head of the heritage library of Avranches
  • Anne-Marie Turcan-Verkerk, director of studies, École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE)
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