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Vladimir Chichkine, Iskra Scharcz : La Couronne Française et l’État Russe aux XIe - XVIe siècles

Table des matières Introduction Chapitre I. Début. Anna Yaroslavna, reine des Francs Les Francs et les slaves Robert II le Pieux et Vladimir I Sviatoslavitch : rivaux matrimoniaux ? Anna Yaroslavna en Russie Henri I et Anna Yaroslavna : le chemin vers la conclusion de l’union conjugale Les évêques - ambassadeurs en Rus’ Reine des Francs Anne, comtesse de Valois ? Chapitre II. La France et la Russie aux XIIe et XIIIe (...)

Joan Pieragnoli : Le prince et les animaux. Une histoire zoologique de la cour de Versailles au siècle des Lumières (1715-1792)

Entre utile et futile, les animaux accompagnent l’existence quotidienne du prince dont les chiens et les chevaux réclament de monumentaux bâtiments à Versailles. Mais au siècle des Lumières les animaux favorisent aussi l’apparition d’un Versailles intime à travers l’artisanat du luxe et de multiples constructions zoologiques de fantaisie. Lire la suite Durant le règne de Louis XIV, les animaux contribuent à ériger (...)

Sandrine Krikorian : Les Menus de Choisy

Des menus écrits entre 1744 et 1763 conservent la trace des repas de Louis XV au château de Choisy, résidence de plaisance privilégiée du roi. A la fois essentiels, car caractéristiques, et originaux, car uniques, ils sont les prototypes des menus qui vont fleurir sur les tables par la suite et que l’on trouve encore de nos jours dans les restaurants ou lors des mariages. En cela, ils incarnent la quintessence de l’art (...)

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 (...)