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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 nineteenth-century France came to be considered "canonic" : that is, admirable 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 possèdent de multiples savoirs et techniques. Leur principal domaine (...)

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 expansive study of cultural life under the Sun King, Harriet Stone considers (...)

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, Saint-Pierre promeut une harmonisation artificielle des intérêts, assurée par (...)

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. The multiplicity of laws and the fragmentation of jurisdiction were (...)

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 the dogma of Church and State. As France moved closer towards (...)

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 authority, and her strategies of legitimization in the face of conflict. (...)

Jonathan Spangler : Monsieur. Second Sons in the Monarchy of France, 1550–1800

For the first time, this volume brings together the history of the royal spare in the monarchy of early modern France, those younger brothers of kings known simply as ‘Monsieur’. Ranging from the Wars of Religion to the French Revolution, this comparative study examines the frustrations of four royal princes whose proximity to their older brothers gave them vast privileges and great prestige, but also placed (...)

Jace Stuckey (éd.) : The Legend of Charlemagne. Envisioning Empire in the Middle Ages

There are few historical figures in the Middle Ages that cast a larger shadow than Charlemagne. This volume brings together a collection of studies on the Charlemagne legend from a wide range of fields, not only adding to the growing corpus of work on this legendary figure, but opening new avenues of inquiry by bringing together innovative trends that cross disciplinary boundaries. This collection expands the (...)

Enrico Boccaccini : Reflecting Mirrors, East and West. Transcultural Comparisons of Advice Literature for Rulers (8th - 13th century)

In Reflecting Mirrors, East and West Enrico Boccaccini sheds new light on Mirrors for Princes, the pre-modern genre of advice literature for rulers. A popular genre in the societies that emerged from the Late Antique oecumene, Mirrors for Princes are considered here, for the first time, as a transcultural phenomenon that challenges the dichotomy of the Orient and the Occident. Traditionally, the historiographic (...)