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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 (...)

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 (...)

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 (...)

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. (...)

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 (...)

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 (...)

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 (...)

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 (...)

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 (...)

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 (...)