Medieval France. An Encyclopedia

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(ca. 1360-after 1412). Ogier VIII, lord of Anglure in Champagne, traveled to Rhodes,
Jerusalem, Cairo, and Cyprus in 1395 and 1396. His prose account, Le saint voyage de
Jherusalem du seigneur d’Anglure, is extant in two manuscripts, providing two distinct
versions. He furnishes a wealth of historical and geographical information on the areas
visited, as well as numerous insights into everyday life.
Claude J.Fouillade
Anglure, Ogier d’. Le saint voyage de Jherusalem du seigneur d’Anglure, ed. François Bonnardot
and Auguste Longnon. Paris: Didot, 1878.
——. The Holy Jerusalem Voyage of Ogier VIII, Seigneur d’Anglure, trans. Roland Browne.
Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1975.


. The cathedral of Angoulême (Charente), the fourth since Roman times, retains much of
its former majesty despite the unfortunate restorations of Abadie in the 19th century.
Begun ca.1110, it belongs to a distinctive group of churches characterized by a single
nave covered with a series of domes. The western bay, with its simple arches and massive
supports, is among the earliest of this type; however, its primitive austerity was altered by
Abadie to harmonize with the two succeeding bays. The “Byzantine” crossing is an
Abadie invention; of the four radiating chapels, only that of the northwest is original. The
bell tower of the north transept, with its light-filled base, rich carvings, octagonal cupola,
and elegant five-storied exterior, is striking in its boldness.
The entire western façade displays a grand theme of triumph, beginning with the
Mission of the Apostles in the false tympana and culminating in the apparition of the Son
of Man surrounded by the symbols of the four Evangelists

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