Renæssanceforum 15 • 2019

Marie-Hélène Tesnière
Librairie et politique du livre sous Charles V

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The nearly 1000-volume library established by Charles V, King of France, in the Falconry tower of the Louvre in the second half of the fourteenth century is a monument of European library history. Its role in the dissemination of culture among the aristocratic elites of Late Mediaeval France cannot be overestimated. As far as book history is concerned, Charles' remarkable library is largely terra incognita. This article aims at describing the rationale and the growth of the collection in the light of manuscripts and archival documents.