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Noëlle-Laetitia Perret, Stéphane Péquignot (éd.) : A Critical Companion to the ’Mirrors for Princes’ Literature

Why devote a Companion to the "mirrors for princes", whose very existence is debated ? These texts offer key insights into political thoughts of the past. Their ambiguous, problematic status further enhances their interest. And although recent research has fundamentally challenged established views of these texts, until now there has been no critical introduction to the genre. This volume therefore fills this (...)

Stephen Miller : State and Society in Eighteenth-Century France. A Study in Political Power and Popular Revolution in Languedoc.

In contrast to the traditional Marxist interpretation of emerging capitalism and a revolutionary bourgeoisie, this book shows that commodified labor, fundamental to the existence of a capitalist bourgeoisie, did not take shape in eighteenth-century France. The mass of the population consisted of peasants and artisans in possession of land and workshops, and embedded in autonomous communities. The old regime (...)

Michèle Clément, Isabelle Garnier, Dariusz Krawczyk (éd.) : L’Autorité de la parole spirituelle féminine en français au XVIe siècle

Les études réunies dans ce volume explorent la question de l’autorité de l’écriture spirituelle féminine au XVIe siècle en France. L’enjeu est de comprendre l’émergence spectaculaire du discours religieux écrit par des femmes en langue française à cette période. En s’appuyant sur les textes littéraires, les discours polémiques et les mémoires, les autrices et auteurs évaluent sur l’espace d’un siècle élargi les contradictions, (...)

Walter Pohl, Veronika Wieser (éd.) : Emerging Powers in Eurasian Comparison, 200–1100

This book compares the ways in which new powers arose in the shadows of the Roman Empire and its Byzantine and Carolingian successors, of Iran, the Caliphate and China in the first millennium CE. These new powers were often established by external military elites who had served the empire. They remained in an uneasy balance with the remaining empire, could eventually replace it, or be drawn into the imperial (...)

Rochelle Ziskin : Private Salons and the Art World of Enlightenment Paris

In Private Salons and the Art World of Enlightenment Paris, Rochelle Ziskin explores in depth two remarkable salons that generated significant art criticism during the mid-eighteenth century. These were sites where the faculties of artistic and aesthetic judgment were intensively cultivated. One politically active group gathered at the house Mme Doublet, where the celebrated amateur Petit de Bachaumont (...)

Philippe George : Art et histoire au temps de Charles le Téméraire. “L’ymage d’or” du duc de Bourgogne à Liège (1467-1471)

Le reliquaire de Charles le Téméraire est une œuvre d’art majeure du patrimoine artistique international et l’un des fleurons du Trésor rénové de la Cathédrale de Liège. La multiplicité des questions que suscite ce groupe orfévré, dans un dossier interdisciplinaire très complexe, contribue à l’engouement sans cesse croissant d’un large public pour le « siècle de Bourgogne ». L’ouvrage se veut novateur dans la problématique et (...)

Hope Williard : Friendship in the Merovingian Kingdoms. Venantius Fortunatus and His Contemporaries

This book explores how one early medieval poet survived and thrived amidst the political turbulence of sixth century Gaul—with a little help from his friends. Born in northern Italy, Venantius Fortunatus made his career writing for and about members of the Merovingian elite. Although he is no longer dismissed as an opportunistic poetaster who wrote undistinguished flattery for undeserving kings and aristocrats, (...)

Garritt van Dyk : Commerce, Food, and Identity in Seventeenth-Century England and France. Across the Channel

“Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you who you are” was the challenge issued by French gastronomist Jean Brillat-Savarin. Champagne is declared a unique emblem of French sophistication and luxury, linked to the myth of its invention by Dom Pérignon. Across the Channel, a cup of sweet tea is recognized as a quintessentially English icon, simultaneously conjuring images of empire, civility, and relentless rain that (...)

Marcello Fantoni : Italian Courts and European Culture

Between the fifteenth and the eighteenth century, princely courts dominated the Italian political scene. These courts were effervescent centers of cultural production. As such, they became a model for European monarchies who imported Italian courtly forma del vivere (‘style of life’) to legitimize their power and to define social status. This phenomenon included architecture and painting, theater and music, (...)

Susan Taylor-Leduc : Marie-Antoinette’s Legacy. The Politics of French Garden Patronage and Picturesque Design, 1775-1867

Challenging the established historiography that frames the French picturesque garden movement as an international style, this book contends that the French picturesque gardens from 1775 until 1867 functioned as liminal zones at the epicenter of court patronage systems. Four French consorts—queen Marie-Antoinette and empresses Joséphine Bonaparte, Marie-Louise and Eugénie—constructed their gardens betwixt and between (...)