Fragment of Le Roman de Girard de Viane, c.1250.

Scope and Content

Two fragments of Le Roman de Girard de Viane, formerly pasted to a sixteenth century volume.

Decorated capitals in red and blue.

Administrative / Biographical History

A 12th century chanson de geste, celebrating the union of France under Charlemagne, by Bertrand de Bar-sur-Aube, French poet. A vassal of Charlemagne, Girart, holds Vienna against him, and stalemate ensues in the siege until a challenge between champions is suggested - Roland for Charlemagne and Olivier for Girart. However the champions are reconciled by an angel bringing down a cloud between them and commanding them to stop the fight.


Single item

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Before 1800


Call number used to be ms728

Other Finding Aids

Individual Manuscripts and Small Collections database available as part of Manuscripts Database.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Binding: Instantaneous spring binder.Parchment: 7.4x28.4cm and 16.4x5.3cm approx.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Maia Sheridan, Archives Hub project archivist, based on material from the Manuscripts Database

Conditions Governing Use

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Wolfgang van Linden 'Girart de Vienne per Bertrand de Bar-sur-Aube', Societe des anciens textes Francais, 1977, Introduction, p.50L.

The fragments were pasted into Dionysius In Quatuor Evangelistas (Paris, 1536) [Typ FP.B36PL]. A fragment remains pasted into the spine.