Marguerite de Navarre: Mother of the Renaissance / Edition 2

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Overview

Sister to the king of France, queen of Navarre, gifted writer, religious reformer, and patron of the arts -- in her many roles, Marguerite de Navarre (1492-1549) was one of the most important figures of the French Renaissance. In this, the first major biography in English, Patricia F. Cholakian and Rouben C. Cholakian draw on her writings to provide a vivid portrait of Marguerite's public and private life. Freeing her from the shadow of her brother François I, they recognize her immense influence on French politics and culture, and they challenge conventional views of her family relationships.

The authors highlight Marguerite's considerable role in advancing the cause of religious reform in France-her support of vernacular translations of sacred works, her denunciation of ecclesiastical corruption, her founding of orphanages and hospitals, and her defense and protection of persecuted reformists. Had this plucky and spirited woman not been sister to the king, she would most likely have ended up at the stake. Though she remained a devout catholic, her theological poem Miroir de l'âme pécheresse, a mystical summa of evangelical doctrine that was viciously attacked by conservatives, remains to this day an important part of the Protestant corpus.

Marguerite, along with her brother the king, was a key architect and animator of the refined entertainments that became the hallmark of the French court. Always eager to encourage new ideas, she supported many of the illustrious writers and thinkers of her time. Moreover, uniquely for a queen, she was herself a prolific poet, dramatist, and prose writer and published a two-volume anthology of her works. In reassessing Marguerite's enormous oeuvre, the authors reveal the range and quality of her work beyond her famous collection of tales, posthumously called the Heptaméron.

The Cholakians' groundbreaking reading of the rich body of her work, which uncovers autobiographical elements previously unrecognized by most scholars, and their study of her surviving correspondence portray a life that fully justifies Marguerite's sobriquet, "Mother of the Renaissance."

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Renaissance Quarterly - Mary B. McKinley

A sympathetic, richly-colored portrait of an extraordinary woman.

Comitatus - Mihaela Luiza Florescu

A well-written, engrossing biography, a welcome addition to any medievalist's library

Sixteenth Century Journal - Leanna Bridge Rezvani

This thorough, well-written volume is necessary and informative reading.

Renaissance Quarterly
A sympathetic, richly-colored portrait of an extraordinary woman.

— Mary B. McKinley

Comitatus
A well-written, engrossing biography, a welcome addition to any medievalist's library

— Mihaela Luiza Florescu

Sixteenth Century Journal

This thorough, well-written volume is necessary and informative reading.

— Leanna Bridge Rezvani

Sixteenth-Century Journal
This thorough, well-written volume is necessary and informative reading.

— Leanna Bridge Rezvani

Renaissance Quarterly

A sympathetic, richly-colored portrait of an extraordinary woman.

— Mary B. McKinley

Comitatus

A well-written, engrossing biography, a welcome addition to any medievalist's library

— Mihaela Luiza Florescu

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231134125
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 12/6/2005
  • Edition description: revised edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia F. Cholakian was professor emerita at Hamilton College. She was the author of Rape and Writing in the Hemptaméron of Marguerite de Navarre and Women and the Politics of Self-Representation in Seventeenth-Century France.Rouben C. Cholakian is professor emeritus at Hamilton College and the author of The Bayeux Tapestry and the Ethos of War and The Troubadour Lyric: A Psychocritical Reading.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsPrefaceChronologyMapGenealogy1. Mother of the Renaissance2. Education of a Lady (1492--1515)3. Queen in All but Name (1515--1520)4. The Bishop of Meaux (1521--1524)5. Envoy Extraordinary (1524--1526)6. Queen of Navarre (1526--1533)7. Politics and Religion (1534--1539)8. Courtly Love -- and Marriage (1539--1543)9. And Then There Was One (1543--1547)10. Pearls from the Pearl of Princesses (1547--1549)NotesReferencesIndex

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