Academic journal article Medium Aevum

'A L'heure Encore De Mon Escrire': Aspects De la Litterature De Bourgogne Sous Philippe le Bon et Charles le Temeraire

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

'A L'heure Encore De Mon Escrire': Aspects De la Litterature De Bourgogne Sous Philippe le Bon et Charles le Temeraire

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'A l'heure encore de mon escrire': aspects de la litterature de Bourgogne sous Philip,be le Bon et Charles le Temeraire, ed. Claude Thiry (Louvain-la-Neuve: Les Lettres romanes, 1997). 264 pp. No ISBN given. B. Fr. 550.00. One of the more gratifying developments of recent years has been the rediscovery of the Burgundians, who were usually dismissed, not so long ago, as pompous and sycophantic. This nicely presented collection contributes to the process of resurrection and re-evaluation. The essays are a mixed bag, but several constants emerge. First, the interpenetration of literature and politics which the dukes seem to have encouraged. A number of papers in this collection address this: Palumbo, for instance, looks at how fiction is pressed into propaganda in what is usually called the Chronique de Naples, and Devaux makes a typically erudite and acute study of Le Saint Voyage de Turquie (which serves Burgundian crusading ambitions). Second, Burgundian enjoyment of linguistic acrobatics and sheer writerliness: thus Rassart-Eeckhout looks at Taillevent's agile use of the proverb, Jeay (another characteristically subtle study) brings together the Cent nouvelles nouvelles, the Evangiles des quenouilles, and Saintre. …

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