Corbie is on the territory of the Val de Somme, in Picardie. The city was built around the abbey, founded by Queen Bathilde around 660. The monks of the abbey invented in their scriptorium a new writing (the « caroline »), easier to read that became the tiny letters used in the printing press. The monks have created an important library. Some of the manuscripts are kept at the Amiens Municipal Library, the National Library in Paris and even St. Petersburg in Russia.