The Oriflamms research project has developped new methods to segment manuscripts.
4 corpora, composed of 900 pages, have been segmented into 21241 lines, 198219 words and 694100 characters.

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More information on the project : Écriture médiévale & numérique

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The Graal

The Graal corpus is composed of 130 pages from the manuscript Lyon, City Library, Palais des Arts 77, written in the 13th century. It contains the La Queste del saint Graal, one of the oldest prose chivalric romance in Old French.


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The Fontenay corpus is composed of 104 single charters from the 12th and 13th centuries, preserved in the Archives d´epartementales de Cˆote d’Or in Dijon (series 15H).


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Manuscrits datés


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About Oriflamms

The Oriflamms project (Ontology Research, Image Features, Letterform Analysis on Multilingual Medieval Scripts) gathers 3 public research units in Humanities, 3 research units in Engineering, Information Sciences and Technologies and one software company in order to enhance our knowledge of the medieval scripts and multilingualism through a new, interdisciplinary approach.

Combining scientific, technologic, industrial and societal issues, ORIFLAMMS aims at analyzing the evolution of writing systems and graphical forms during a long period (Middle Ages) and according to their production contexts (informal, documentary, book scripts) and languages (Latin or vernacular). It aims at establishing an ontology of forms and analyzing the graphical structures of scripts and to upgrade a linear, textual approach with a visual, bi- or tridimensional one. This will give new knowledge for linguistics, history of scripts (palaeography, epigraphy, diplomatics) ).

Oriflamms is founded since 2012 by the ANR Programme "Corpus, données et outils de la recherche en sciences humaines et sociales (Corpus)" ( ANR-12-CORP-0010) and is coordinated by Dominique STUTZMANN (Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes)


A2iA, Paris

Software editor, specialized in handwriting recognition.

CESCM, Poitiers

Centre d’études supérieures de civilisation médiévale, CNRS/Université de Poiters

ENC, Paris

Ecole nationale des Chartes

ICAR, Lyon

Laboratoire Interactions, Corpus, Apprentissages, Représentations, CNRS/Université de Lyon/ENS-LSH/INRP/ENS Lyon

IRHT, Paris

Institut de recherche et d'histoire des textes, CNRS


Laboratoire d'Informatique de l'université Paris Descartes


Laboratoire d'InfoRmatique en Image et Systèmes d'information, CNRS/INSA de Lyon/Université de Lyon/École Centrale de Lyon