Les agglomérations secondaires et leur topographie religieuse dans le Gévaudan du haut Moyen Âge: Hagiographie, transformations territoriales et construction chrétienne de l’espace

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In Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, territorial changes brought a redefinition of the hierarchy of cities. In the ancient civitas of Gévaudan, the ancient capital, Javols, loses the episcopal see, transferred to the vicus of Mende, who took advantage of the relics of the holy bishop Privat. A capital city becomes a small town while a small town is promoted between the end of the 6th century and the end of the 8th century. The main written sources to these changes are hagiographic texts (Passio of Saint Privat, Vita of Saint Hilaire). They also surreptitiously mention fortified settlements presented as refuge sites for a threatened Christian population. A confrontation with archaeological documentation shows a different reality and invites to question the relationship between hagiographic stylization and material reality in a period of transition.
Original languageFrench
Number of pages9
Publication statusSubmitted - 2017


  • hagiography
  • episcopal see
  • secondary town
  • topography
  • Gévaudan
  • Lozère
  • Late antiquity
  • early middle ages

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