Annals of Fontenelle

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The Annals of Fontenelle (Annales Fontanellenses,[1] Chronicon Fontanellense) or Chronicle of Saint-Wandrille (Chronicon sancti Wandregesili) is a short history compiled at the Abbey of Saint-Wandrille between 840 and 856.[2] It is in annalistic form and its primarily concerns are local.

The Annales are an important source for the raid of the Viking chiefs Sidroc and Bjørn in 856–58, and also for King Charles the Bald's war with Nominoe, the duke of Brittany.[3] Ferdinand Lot found the Annales to be generally unreliable with dates and dated their composition to after 872.[4]


  1. ^ Sometimes Annales Fontanellenses priores ("first annals") or Annales Fontanellenses maiores ("major annals"), to distinguish them from the contemporary Gesta abbatum Fontanellensium or the twelfth-century Annales de Saint-Wandrille (Chronicon Thosanum).
  2. ^ Jean Laporte, ed., "Annales Fontanellenses priores (Chronicon Fontanellense)", Mélanges de la Société d’Histoire de Normandie, 15e série (Rouen–Paris: 1951), pp 65–90.
  3. ^ Léon Levillain, "La Marche de Bretagne, ses marquis et ses comtes", Annales de Bretagne, 58, 1 (1951), pp 89–117.
  4. ^ Carroll Gillmor, "War on the Rivers: Viking Numbers and Mobility on the Seine and Loire, 841–886", Viator, 19 (1988), p. 83 n. 18.