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Mapping the Religious Orders in Piedmont (1560-1860)

A crucial task of the research project aims to identify the distributive characters of the religious orders in regional historical space. Such a study may provide a measure of regular orders’ nodal position in Piedmont, but also the basis for answering much-needed questions. Which were the orders in Piedmont between the 16th and 19th centuries? According to which sources is it possible to locate their convents (monasteries), generally assumed as unit of residence?

Due to the extension of the phenomenon and its chronologies, the CRESO group has to tackle a growing capital of shared data, which rise methodological and general questions. The knowledge produced in cataloguing documents is not a theoretical one but one that depends on the very operations and procedures of its own production. For this reason, a laboratory – Charta, based in Genova and run by Carlo Bertelli – has been brought into the research project, working together with each unit of research in order to build up the platforms and grids, able to exchange, normalise and chart data.


For the cartography based on Visite Apostoliche (16th century), Inchiesta Innocenziana  (1650ca), Perequazione (1717-1719), Sussidio (1748), data by Paola Notario studies (1796 ca), Calendario dei Regi Stati Sardi (1824), Calendario del Regno d’Italia (1860) CRESO cartography website

Moreover, maps may be useful tools in order to collect documents disseminated in different archives. For a first “census” of sources in the different archives: CRESO cartography website


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