Tuchan: Gauthier Langlois, winner of the Joseph

The Joseph Poux Arts and Sciences Prize (named after a former director of the Aude archives), was created in 1977 by the Department to support historical and scientific research in the Aude.

The award ceremony, in the presence of Hervé Baro, 1st vice-president of the Aude departmental council, archive staff, members of the jury and representatives of several Aude associations : the society of scientific studies of Aude, the academy of arts and sciences of Carcassonne represented by its secretary Arlette Moulin, Heritage-valleys of Cabardès represented by Maurice Picarel, the lauragais center of scientific studies represented by Michel Dauzat its president was carried out, the 15 last December, in the hall of the departmental archives of Aude.

It was Gauthier Langlois who won first prize for : The true story of the priest of Cucugnan. Blanchot de Brenas’ trip to Carcassonne and the Corbières in 1858. Preface by Jean Guilaine, 375 p., 2021.

The jury, chaired by Carole Renard, director of the Aude archives, notably included the following personalities : Claude-Marie Robion, historian, head of service at the departmental archives ; Chantal Pech de Laclause, speaker ; Rémy Pech, Emeritus Professor at the University of Toulouse ; Rémy Cazals, Emeritus Professor at the University of Toulouse ; Jean-Loup Abbé, professor emeritus at the University of Montpellier ; Charles Peytavie, historian, president of the scientific studies society of Aude ; Jean-Claude Capéra, President of Heritage-Valleys of Cabardès ; Michel Dauzat ; historian, president of the Lauragais center for scientific studies.

The recipient, in his speech, thanked the people who contributed to awarding me the 2021 Joseph-Poux Arts and Sciences Prize for my manuscript The true story of the priest of Cucugnan. Blanchot de Brenas’ trip to Carcassonne and the Corbières in 1858″. He recalled: I discovered Cucugnan and Aude with the eyes of children, then 10 years old, with my parents and grandparents who gave me a taste for history, archeology and ethnology. . I then naively thought that Cucugnan was in Provence and that his priest’s sermon was a story from the imagination of Alphonse Daudet. During my studies, I discovered, thanks to the work of Urbain Gibert, a former president of the society of scientific studies of Aude, that the sermon had been collected by a certain Auguste Blanchot de Brenas during a trip to the Corbières. And that this forgotten travelogue, written with great humor, was of great interest”. And the winner to confide: “Wishing to make a critical edition of this travelogue that has become untraceable, I took an interest in the personality of its author, Blanchot de Brenas, to discover a life that has all the ingredients of a romantic drama or a good film script. : love, family secret, betrayal… I drew a biography from it which explains the author’s areas of interest. I am following it with an annotated and illustrated edition of the travelogue and finally with a literary history of the sermon of the priest of Cucugnan. You will discover in particular its medieval origins, how Roumanille and Alphonse Daudet plagiarized Blanchot de Brenas and gave the sermon a worldwide audience that is still relevant today. And to parody the formula that closes the Occitan tales : “e cric, e crac, lo mieu discors es acabat” “.

Tuchan: Gauthier Langlois, winner of the Joseph-Poux Prize