Conceptions of Europe in Renaissance France : essays in by David Cowling

By David Cowling

This number of essays via ten best British and French Renaissance experts explores, for the 1st time, differing conceptions of Europe in Renaissance France. 4 essays pay attention to difficulties of definition in ideological, chronological, geographical and linguistic phrases; another 3 deal with cultural trade and political collaboration (and, necessarily, clash) among France and England on the time of the Wars of faith; the ultimate 3 contributions specialize in the development of a eu identification within the early smooth interval that defines itself unlike an important different, be it Islamic or ‘Atlantic’. This quantity might be of curiosity to students and scholars of French Renaissance literature and to these attracted to the prehistory of our modern perception of Europe. Contents David COWLING: advent Notes on members 1. difficulties of definition: ideological, chronological, linguistic Jean BALSAMO: ‘Voici venir d’Europe tout l’honneur’: identité aristocratique et moral sense européenne au XVIe siècle Ian MORRISON: Rabelais: Christendom and Europe Margaret M. MCGOWAN: analyzing the prior: the Commentaries of Blaise de Vigenère and ‘l’enrichissement de nostre parler’ David TROTTER: ‘Si le français n’y peut aller’: Villers-Cotterêts and mixed-language files from the Pyrenees 2. Cultural alternate and political collaboration among France and England on the time of the Wars of faith Yvonne BELLENGER: Sur l. a. Lepanthe de Du Bartas Marie-Madeleine FRAGONARD: Aubigné et l’Angleterre, après Elizabeth: esquisse de rencontres problématiques Yvonne ROBERTS: in the direction of a practical popularity of spiritual variety: the fight to shape a royalist consensus within the early poems of Jean-Antoine de Baïf three. Alterity and the development of a eu id Michael HEATH: silly or fearsome Franks? The meant Ottoman view of eu Christians within the 16th century Françoise CHARPENTIER: Le périple des Pantagruéliens, ou l’ancien et le nouveau Frank LESTRINGANT: Le Livre des Contrariétés: l’Occident, le Turc et les autres

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2 On pilgrimages, see, for example, Debra J. Birch, Pilgrimage to Rome in the Middle Ages (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 1998), pp. 1–22. Plainly, crusades and pilgrimages did not always foster harmony among Christians. Ludwig Schmugge (‘Über “nationale” Vorurteile im Mittelalter’, Deutsches Archiv für Erforschung des Mittelalters, 38 (1982), 439–59) shows the growth in such settings of unfavourable national stereotypes: the English are treacherous drunkards, the Romans violent, and so on. 3 See Denys Hay, Europe: The Emergence of an Idea (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1957), ch.

2 In his Les Commentaires de Jules César [hereafter Commentaires, 1576] (Paris: N. Chesneau, 1576), sig. ô iiiv; in the 1589 edition published by L’Angelier, fol. 90; in Les Décades de Tite Live [hereafter Décades, 1583] (Paris: Abel l’Angelier, 1583), fol. ] par Nicolas 56 Conceptions of Europe via translation and commentary would, Vigenère argued, throw light into the most obscure corners and at the same time provide a resource for the enhancement of French prose for future generations of writers.

20 F. Braudel, La Méditerranée et le monde méditerranéen (Paris: A. Colin, 1966), II, 500–01. 21 Tout le discours sur les Turcs au XVIe siècle, en langue savante ou en langue vulgaire, doit se lire dans ses implications européennes, par le biais des traductions et de la répétition des mêmes thèmes; vers 1600, il se charge d’une intention nouvelle, et offrait une leçon à l’usage de la noblesse d’Europe, celle d’un projet militaire réalisable et surtout d’un grand mythe unificateur plus efficace que le romanesque de la Jérusalem délivrée.

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