Ruling of the Sovereign Council on the matter of blessed bread

Three-page manuscript. The residents of New France parishes had to pay their priest a tithe 1/26th of harvested products. They also had to help build or renovate the church p...
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[1] Arest du Conseil

      Au sujet du pain béni

      13 janvier 1670

      Pain béni sera rendu

[5] 13 janvier


      Arrêt qui ordonne que tous les habitans de cette ville et des 

      villages des environs rendront le pain béni à leur tour

      en l'Église ou chapelle où ils seront obligés de faire leurs

[10] pasques, apeine d'amande arbitraire contre les contrevenants

      applicable à l'hôtel dieu de cette ville.

  Paleographic comments
The blessed bread

This document is written in beautiful 17th-century calligraphy and its elegance highlights the official aspect of its content. While medieval documents are characterized by their compact nature and their preference for abbreviations modern documents have evolved toward greater and greater clarification which this sample ruling from the Sovereign Council demonstrates very well.

Note too that besides the text itself which is very clean since only one thing is crossed out this document shows traces of its life as an archived text: added to it are a label that summarizes the content of the ruling and an inscription doubtlessly on the upper side of the fold that the document still bears traces of that has the document’s inventory number and title.

The two signatures are remarkably legible.
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