Creation and online publication of a historic thesaurus of France under the Ancien Régime (2016…)

Duration : 2016-...

Project coordinated by the Mercure galant team from the Institut de recherche de musicologie (IReMus – UMR 8223 du CNRS) in collaboration with the Centre de recherche du château de Versailles.

Our objective is to create and subsequently make available to the social and human sciences community a thesaurus of France under the Ancien Régime.

This thesaurus shall be based on the thesauri from the Mercure galant programme run by the IReMus institute, led by Anne Piéjus, and the indexes from the biographical database of the Centre de recherche du château de Versailles as well as the research conducted there.

This thesaurus, which offers the first synoptic overview of France under the Ancien Régime, organises the concepts into three main categories:

  • names;
  • institutions, corporations and companies;
  • places.

In order to create a dialogue with ongoing and upcoming projects, names are aligned with data.bnf, VIAF and ISNI and places with

The IReMus is also developing a specific historic cartography module that allows the user to visualise places on a historical or modern base map, according to their preference.


  • Nathalie Berton-Blivet, research engineer, CNRS (IReMus);
  • Isabelle Pluvieux, responsible for databases (Centre de recherche du château de Versailles).
  • Thomas Soury, postdoctoral researcher (LabEx OBVIL: Observatoire de la vie littéraire - 2016-2017);
  • Marie Carlin, digital project manager (Centre de recherche of the château de Versailles - 2016-2017).
Website produced with the support of:
Château de Versailles
Conseil général des Yvelines