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Sven Externbrink : Ludwig XIV. König im großen Welttheater

Hinter die Kulissen des Lebens Ludwigs XIV. schauen, eines Monarchen, mit dem sich so viele Klischees verbinden, und einen Eindruck vom „wahren“ Leben hinter dem roten Samtvorhang vermitteln – das will die Biographie von Sven Externbrink. Ausdrücklich richtet sich dieses Buch nicht nur an Fachhistoriker, sondern bringt auch dem historisch (...)

Hall Bjørnstad : The Dream of Absolutism. Louis XIV and the Logic of Modernity

The Dream of Absolutism examines the political aesthetics of power under Louis XIV. What was absolutism, and how did it work? What was the function of the ostentatious display surrounding Louis XIV at Versailles? What is gained—and what is lost—by approaching such expressions of absolutism as propaganda, as present-day scholars tend to do? In (...)

Charlotte Cooper-Davis : Christine de Pizan. Life, Work, Legacy

The daughter of a court intellectual, Christine de Pizan dwelled within the heart of late-medieval Paris. In the face of personal tragedy, she learned the tools of the booktrade, writing more than 40 works including poetry, historical and political treatises and defenses of women. In this new biography, the first written for a general (...)

William Weber, Beverly Wilcox : Canonic Repertories and the French Musical Press. Lully to Wagner

A bold application of the concept of "canonical" works to the development of French operatic and concert life in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This long-awaited book by a leading historian of European music life offers a fresh reading of concert and operatic life by showing how certain musical works in eighteenth- and (...)

Zrinka Stahuljak : Les fixeurs au Moyen Âge. Histoire et littérature connectées

Depuis l’engagement occidental en Afghanistan, en Irak, puis en Syrie, le terme de « fixeur » est devenu fréquent pour désigner, quasi exclusivement, des hommes qui rendent des services multiples aux journalistes et aux armées étrangères : à la fois interprètes, informateurs, guides, médiateurs, chauffeurs, ce sont des intermédiaires, des arrangeurs qui (...)

Harriet Stone : Crowning Glories. Netherlandish Realism and the French Imagination During the Reign of Louis XIV

Crowning Glories integrates Louis XIV’s propaganda campaigns, the transmission of Northern art into France, and the rise of empiricism in the eighteenth century - three historical touchstones - to examine what it would have meant for France’s elite to experience the arts in France simultaneously with Netherlandish realist painting. In an (...)

Carole Dornier : La Monarchie éclairée de l’abbé de Saint-Pierre. Une science politique des modernes

L’abbé de Saint-Pierre, connu pour son Projet de paix perpétuelle, a laissé un ensemble bien plus vaste et cohérent d’écrits politiques et moraux, jusqu’alors dispersés et partiellement étudiés. Le présent ouvrage, exploitant systématiquement la totalité de l’oeuvre, en propose la complète réévaluation. Dès les premières décennies du XVIIIe siècle, (...)

Marie Seong-Hak Kim : Custom, Law, and Monarchy. A Legal History of Early Modern France

Ancien régime France did not have a unified law. Legal relations of the people were governed by a disorganized amalgam of norms, including provincial and local customs (coutumes), elements of Roman law and canon law, royal edicts and ordinances, and judicial decisions. All these sources of law coexisted with little apparent internal coherence. (...)

Adam Horsley : Libertines and the Law. Subversive Authors and Criminal Justice in Early Seventeenth-Century France

Following the assassination of Henri IV in 1610, the political turbulence of Louis XIII’s early reign led to renewed efforts to police the book trade. Yet this period also witnessed a golden age of so-called ’libertine’ literature, including a plethora of sexually explicit and irreverent poetry as well as works of free-thinking that cast doubt on (...)

Erika Graham-Goering : Princely Power in Late Medieval France. Jeanne de Penthièvre and the War for Brittany

Jeanne de Penthièvre (c.1326–1384), duchess of Brittany, was an active and determined ruler who maintained her claim to the duchy throughout a war of succession and even after her eventual defeat. This in-depth study examines Jeanne’s administrative and legal records to explore her co-rule with her husband, the social implications of ducal (...)