Changing Identities in Early Modern France / Edition 1

Changing Identities in Early Modern France / Edition 1

by Michael Wolfe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822319136

ISBN-13: 9780822319139

Pub. Date: 04/16/1997

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Changing Identities in Early Modern France offers new interpretations of what it meant to be French during a period of profound transition, from the outbreak of the Hundred Years War to the consolidation of the Bourbon monarchy in the seventeenth century. As medieval notions were gradually replaced by new definitions of the state, society, and family,

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Changing Identities in Early Modern France offers new interpretations of what it meant to be French during a period of profound transition, from the outbreak of the Hundred Years War to the consolidation of the Bourbon monarchy in the seventeenth century. As medieval notions were gradually replaced by new definitions of the state, society, and family, dynastic struggles and religious wars raised questions about loyalty and identity and destabilized the meaning of "Frenchness."
After examining the interplay between competing ideologies and public institutions, from the monarchy to the Parlement of Paris to the aristocratic household, the volume explores the dynamics of deviance and dissent, particularly in regard to women’s roles in religious reform movements and such sensationalized phenomena as the witch hunts and infanticide trials. Concluding essays examine how regional and confessional identities reshaped French identity in response to the discovery of the New World and the spectacular spread of Calvinism.

Contributors. Charmarie Blaisdell, William Bouwsma, Lawrence M. Bryant, Denis Crouzet, Robert Descimon, Barbara B. Diefendorf, Richard M. Golden, Sarah Hanley, Mack P. Holt, Donald R. Kelley, Kristen B. Neuschel, J. H. M. Salmon, Zachary Sayre Schiffman, Silvia Shannon, Alfred Soman, Michael Wolfe

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822319139
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
04/16/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.17(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Becoming French in Early Modern Europe1
1Ideologies and Institutions23
The French Romantics and the Renaissance25
Making History: Ceremonial Texts, Royal Space, and Political Theory in the Sixteenth Century46
Identity Politics and Rulership in France: Female Political Place and the Fraudulent Salic Law in Christine de Pizan and Jean de Montreuil78
The Birth of the Nobility of the Robe: Dignity versus Privilege in the Parlement of Paris, 1500-170095
Noblewomen and War in Sixteenth-Century France124
IIDissent and Deviance145
Religion, Gender, and Class: Nuns and Authority in Early Modern France147
An Age of Gold? Parisian Women, the Holy League, and the Roots of Catholic Renewal169
A Woman and the Devil: Possession and Exorcism in Sixteenth-Century France191
Satan in Europe: The Geography of Witch Hunts216
Anatomy of an Infanticide Trial: The Case of Marie-Jeanne Bartonnet (1742)248
IIIIdentities in Flux273
New World, Old Historiography275
Montaigne and the Discovery of the Ordinary294
An Intellectual in Politics: Montaigne as Mayor of Bordeaux307
Villegagnon, Polyphemus, and Cain of America: Religion and Polemics in the French New World325
Burgundians into Frenchmen: Catholic Identity in Sixteenth-Century Burgundy345
Protestant Reactions to the Conversion of Henry IV371
Index391
Contributors409

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