Post by James LaLone
How good or bad is this work (especially interested in what it says about
the CHABOT family), Thanks.
Dictionnaire historique et généalogique des familles du Poitou. Tome
deuxième, Brisson-Cyr (Seconde éd. entièrement refondue, considérablement
augmentée et publiée par H. Beauchet-Filleau et Paul Beauchet-Filleau avec
le concours des RR. PP. H. et G. Beauchet-Filleau, et la collaboration pour
la partie héraldique de M. Maurice de Gouttepagnon). Par Henri
Beauchet-Filleau (1818-1895) . Éditeur : Imprimerie Oudin et Cie
Your question is far too broad to be answerable: there is no absolute
scale of goodness or badness, and comparative assessment is not really
practicable in this case since no other work covers the same ground in
the same detail.
Where sources are cited these can be verified, and where identifications
are questionable these can be examined. Statements such as that Thibaud
I of Chabot is "said" to have married Alix, "presumed" daughter of
Gérard de Vouvent, are scattered liberally throughout the work - as in
its closest British counterpart, CP. These cop-outs should be read with
a handy pile of salt grains: they can't mean that the author has heard
tittle-tattle in the street, but rather that he doesn't have any better
idea than some earlier writer who gave no source for the information,
yet can't help repeating it to fill in a blank and doesn't want to admit
where he found it. Scholarship has generally tried to move on from this
standard, but has not always succeeded.