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An Early French Renaissance Salon : The Morel Household 

Philip Ford

Philip Ford, « An Early French Renaissance Salon : The Morel Household », Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Réforme, Vol. 40 No. 1 (2004) : New Series Vol 28, No 1.

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Despite the considerable interest in the Morel family shown in the first half of the twentieth century, relatively little has been written about its members in more recent years, though there are signs that this is now changing. The members of the family published relatively little, yet they appear to have been keen correspondents, and many letters to and from them have been preserved, both in Paris and in Munich. As a result, it is possible to gain a good sense of the development of this early literary salon, and to see the role which the women played in it : in the first place Antoinette de Loynes, the learned but self-effacing wife of Jean de Morel, and in the second the rather less self-effacing Camille de Morel and her sisters, Lucrèce and Diane. In what follows, I do not propose to rewrite the history of the family, which Samuel F. Will accomplished admirably in 1936, but rather to concentrate on the attitudes both of the women members of the household themselves and of the literary and scholarly male establishment towards female erudition in the middle decades of the sixteenth century.

Jean de Morel, seigneur de Grigny, was born ca.1511. He was a pupil of Erasmus, and legend had it that he was present at his death bed in Bâle in 1536. After various travels, particularly in Italy, he took up residence in Paris, where he is known to be living by 1541.

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