Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Medievalism and 'Manière Gothique' in Enlightenment France

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Medievalism and 'Manière Gothique' in Enlightenment France

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Medievalism and 'Manière Gothique' in Enlightenment France, ed. Peter Damian-Grint, Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2006). viii + 400 pp. ISBN 0-729408-79-5. £65.00/euro100.00/$120.00. This beautifully produced volume is a mine of information for anyone interested in medievalia in eighteenth-century France. Some of what appears has a familiar note: most of us will have heard, for instance, of that ardent bibliophile the marquis de Paulmy - but we may not realize that, single-handedly, he popularized the literature of the later Middle Ages (Maria Colombo Timelli); most of us will have heard, no doubt, of the Bibliothèque Bleue - but we may not be able to judge just how adventurous, and how wide-ranging, it was (Lise Andries); most of us will be aware of the great eighteenth-century collectors - but we may not have grasped how much we owe to the determination with which they pursued the manuscripts of Chretien de Troyes (Roger Middleton). We may well not have realized, also, just what scholarly tools these endiusiasts had at their disposal which is something that Peter Damian-Grint's survey of Old French dictionaries will remedy; we all know how far the Enlightenment was fascinated by the medieval heroic (John Dunkley, Angus Martin, Kadierine Astbury), but we may not have realized that in the person of the highly respectable comte de Caylus, it nursed a secret penchant for the fabliaux (Nicholas Cronk). …

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