Chronicon Altacumbae abbatiae
(366 words)

[Généalogie comtale d’Hautecombe]

ca. 1342. France. Despite its title, the Chronicon Altacumbae is a chronicle not of the Cistercian abbey of Hautecombe (Savoie) but of the princes of Savoy: it takes the form of a genealogy with short notices for each of the members of the House of Savoy, beginning with Count Humbert the White-Handed (c.980–c.1048). Laurent Ripart’s title for it, Généalogie comtale d’Hautecombe, is thus a more accurate reflection of the text.

Composed at the abbey, the chronicle appears to be based largely on oral tradition of uncertain reliability,…

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Damian-Grint, Peter, “Chronicon Altacumbae abbatiae”, in: Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle, Edited by: Graeme Dunphy, Cristian Bratu. Consulted online on 18 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2016

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