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Boris Bove, Alain Salamagne, Caroline zum Kolk (dir.) : L’itinérance de la cour en France et en Europe (Moyen Âge – XIXe siècle)

Dès le Haut Moyen Âge, la cour de France observe une pratique qui frappe par son ampleur et sa persistance à travers les siècles : elle se déplace régulièrement d’une résidence à l’autre et traverse parfois le pays entier dans le cadre de grands voyages. Ce mode de vie a laissé des témoignages émerveillés des contemporains qui assistaient au passage d’un cortège dont la taille pouvait atteindre 14 000 personnes. Peu étudiée, (...)

Judy Kem : Pathologies of Love. Medicine and the Woman Question in Early Modern France

Pathologies of Love examines the role of medicine in the debate on women, known as the querelle des femmes, in early modern France. Questions concerning women’s physical makeup and its psychological and moral consequences played an integral role in the querelle. This debate on the status of women and their role in society began in the fifteenth century and continued through the sixteenth and, as many critics (...)

Sophie Nicholls : Political Thought in the French Wars of Religion

Through its close, critical reading of the political treatises and polemical literature produced in France in the sixteenth century, this book offers a valuable new contribution to the intellectual history of the Early Modern era. Sophie Nicholls analyses the political thought of the theologians and jurists in the Holy League as they pursued their crusade against heresy in the French kingdom, during the wars of (...)

Bronwyn Reddan : Love, Power, and Gender in Seventeenth-Century French Fairy Tales

Love is a key ingredient in the stereotypical fairy-tale ending in which everyone lives happily ever after. This romantic formula continues to influence contemporary ideas about love and marriage, but it ignores the history of love as an emotion that shapes and is shaped by hierarchies of power including gender, class, education, and social status. This interdisciplinary study questions the idealization of love (...)

Kathrina Ann LaPorta : Performative Polemic. Anti-Absolutist Pamphlets and their Readers in Late Seventeenth-Century France

Performative Polemic is the first literary historical study to analyze the “war of words” unleashed in the pamphlets denouncing Louis XIV’s absolute monarchy between 1667 and 1715. As conflict erupted between the French ruler and his political enemies, pamphlet writers across Europe penned scathing assaults on the Sun King’s bellicose impulses and expansionist policies. This book investigates how, at a crucial (...)

Tracy Adams, Christine Adams : The Creation of the French Royal Mistress. From Agnès Sorel to Madame Du Barry

Kings throughout medieval and early modern Europe had extraconjugal sexual partners. Only in France, however, did the royal mistress become a quasi-institutionalized political position. This study explores the emergence and development of the position of French royal mistress through detailed portraits of nine of its most significant incumbents : Agnès Sorel, Anne de Pisseleu d’Heilly, Diane de Poitiers, Gabrielle (...)

Mark Bryant : Queen of Versailles. Madame de Maintenon, First Lady of Louis XIV’s France

An intriguing portrait of the life and court career of the Sun King’s secret wife, Françoise d’Aubigné. The rise to power of Françoise d’Aubigné, Marquise de Maintenon (1635-1719), a queen in all but name, was nothing short of extraordinary. Born into poverty and ignominy, she used her intellect, charisma, and connections to join the ranks of fashionable society, eventually establishing herself at the French court as (...)

Steven Thiry, Luc Duerloo (éd.) : Heraldic Hierarchies. Identity, Status and State Intervention in Early Modern Heraldry

The social use and changing character of armorial display in the early modern period Early modern heraldry was far from a nostalgic remnant from a feudal past. From the Reformation to the French Revolution, aspiring men seized on these signs to position themselves in a changing society, imbuing heraldic tradition with fresh meaning. Whereas post-medieval developments are all too often described in terms of (...)

Kelly D. Peebles, Gabriella Scarlatta (éd.) : Representing the Life and Legacy of Renée de France. From Fille de France to Dowager Duchess

This book considers the life and legacy of Renée de France (1510–75), the youngest daughter of King Louis XII and Anne de Bretagne, exploring her cultural, spiritual, and political influence and her evolving roles and actions as fille de France, Duchess of Ferrara, and Dowager Duchess at Montargis. Drawing on a variety of often overlooked sources – poetry, theater, fine arts, landscape architecture, letters, and (...)

Frances Gies : Le Chevalier dans l’Histoire

Né du chaos européen du début du Moyen Âge, le chevalier monté et en armure a révolutionné la guerre et est très vite devenu une figure mythique dans l’histoire. Des conquérants normands de l’Angleterre aux croisés de la Terre sainte, du héros de la chanson de geste au preux du roman arthurien, des amateurs de tournoi aux chevaliers-troubadours, Le Chevalier dans l’Histoire, de la grande médiéviste Frances Gies, brosse un (...)