Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Jean Lemaire De Belges: Epistre Du Roy a Hector et Autres Pieces De Circonstances (1511-1513); Jean d'Auton: Epistre d'Hector Au Roy

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Jean Lemaire De Belges: Epistre Du Roy a Hector et Autres Pieces De Circonstances (1511-1513); Jean d'Auton: Epistre d'Hector Au Roy

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Jean Lemaire de Belges: Jipisire du rqy a Hector or et autres pieces de circonstances (1511-1513); Jean d'Anton: Epistre d'Hector au rqy, ed. Adrian Armstrong and Jennifer Britnel] (Paris: Societe des Textes Francais Modernes, 2000). Ixxxvi + 144 pp.; 5 illustrations. ISBN 2-86503-260-4. euro19.05.

This welcome edition of minor works by Jean Lcmairc de Belges and Jean d'Auton has as its main focus an intriguing 'artificial' verse correspondence between the Trojan Hector, writing from the relative comfort of the Elysian Fields, and Louis XII of France, engaged in a bitter conflict with Pope julius II for hegemony in Italy. Hector's unsolicited paean to Louis, penned by the king's historiographer Jean d'Auton, elicited a response from its royal addressee, composed by Lemaire in 1511; in it, Lcmairc capitalizes on the Trojan dimension of the correspondence in order to present, in verse, the central thesis of his Illustrations de Catile et singularitez de Troye, namely the Trojan origins of the Franks, at the same time as attacking julius and celebrating, in equal measure, the king's military prowess and his piety. Both texts are present in a manuscript of exceptional quality and interest, produced for Louis himself or Anne of Brittany in 1512 and now conserved in St Petersburg, which the editors use as their base and two of the illustrations of which they reproduce. …

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