Creating French Culture: Treasures from the Bibliotheque Nationale de France

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From the monastic cloisters in the time of Charlemagne to the book-lined studies of twentieth-century authors, this splendid book presents an overview of the literary and artistic world in France. The Bibliotheque nationale de France, today rich in collections of illuminated manuscripts, books, medals, maps, and prints, had its beginnings when Charles V established his library in the Falconry Tower of the Louvre. During the Middle Ages, culture was the handmaiden of church and government; during the absolute ...
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From the monastic cloisters in the time of Charlemagne to the book-lined studies of twentieth-century authors, this splendid book presents an overview of the literary and artistic world in France. The Bibliotheque nationale de France, today rich in collections of illuminated manuscripts, books, medals, maps, and prints, had its beginnings when Charles V established his library in the Falconry Tower of the Louvre. During the Middle Ages, culture was the handmaiden of church and government; during the absolute monarchy, it became an instrument of propaganda; in the eighteenth century, it developed an independent voice. This book explores the changing relationship between power and culture in France as seen in the history of its national library.
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Library Journal
Published as the catalog for a 1995 exhibition at the Library of Congress, this is a sumptuously presented tour of 200 chefs-d'oeuvre from the Bibliothque nationale de France (BnF), now incorporating the Bibliothque Nationale. Chosen for their beauty, historic significance, and intellectual importance, the printed materials presented here range from works done in Carolingian times to manuscripts by Proust and Sartre, with many extraordinary or unique copies included. The theme of the exhibition was the direct relation of culture and power in the creation of the French state and French identity, and it is well supported. Essays and catalog entries are by BnF staffers and vary in tone and content, but overall the level is high. Highly recommended for its detailed view of French culture based on definitive highlights from the written and visual record.-Jack Perry Brown, Art Inst. of Chicago Lib.
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An elegantly produced volume which serves as a catalogue for a major exhibition at the Library of Congress (beginning September 1995) presenting a selection of the Bibliotheque nationale de France's rare and beautiful treasures. Four American scholars write about the connection between French cultural expression and political power from medieval to modern times. Four French experts discuss some 200 of the objects in the library (most depicted here), exploring their historical significance and their connection with the Bibliotheque nationale de France. Among the objects: a ninth century liturgical manuscript, the bronze throne of Dagobert on which Napoleon sat at the founding of the order of the Legion d'Honneur; and Marguerite d'Orlean's 15th-century Book of Hours. 9x12.25" Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780300062830
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Pages: 520
  • Product dimensions: 8.91 (w) x 12.35 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Chronology of the History of France
Introduction
Images of Power and Culture in the Carolingian and Monastic Periods: From the Eighth to the Twelfth Century 3
Medieval Collections of the Bibliotheque nationale de France: From the Eighth to the Fifteenth Century 19
The Religion of Royalty: From Saint Louis to Henry IV (1226-1589) 131
The First Libraries: Blois, Fontainebleau, Paris 151
"It's for the King": Sacred and Absolute Monarchy (1600-1789) 249
The Grand Siecle to the French Revolution (1661-1799) 271
From the French Revolution to the Present 367
National Collections and Private Donors 383
List of Contributors 461
Index 465
Illustration Captions 479
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