Book Series Publications de l'Association Internationale d'Etudes Occitanes , vol. 5

The "Costuma d’Agen"

A Thirteenth-Century Customary Compilation in Old Occitan. Transcribed from The "Livre Juratoire"

Frank R.P. Akehurst (ed)

  • Pages: xxix + 114 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Language(s):English, Occitan
  • Publication Year:2010

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-51920-3
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The Costuma d’Agen (customary laws of the Agenais, in south-west France) compiled in Occitan at various times in the thirteenth century and preserved in the Livre Juratoire, or swearing copy (Agen, Archives départementales de Lot-et-Garonne, MS 42), is here transcribed with an English translation on facing pages. An introduction and an index are included. Appendices provide the text of five chapters “missing” from this manuscript, along with several pertinent charters from Agen and a fuller description of the Livre juratoire by Professor M. Alison Stones, University of Pittsburgh. The manuscript contains many colored illustrations and capitals.

The Costume emphasizes the power of the local city council, which often seems to override that of the local count. The laws or customs written in the book deal with many topics including jurisdiction, citizenship and military duties, crime, property, civil and criminal procedure, the local wine and salt trades, and local feudal law.


F. R. P. (Ron) Akehurst  (B.A. Oxford, 1962, Ph.D. Colorado, 1967, in French; J.D., Minnesota, 1986). A professor of French at Minnesota since 1968. He has published translations of two other medieval French customaries.