The Beggar and the Professor: A Sixteenth-Century Family Saga

The Beggar and the Professor: A Sixteenth-Century Family Saga

by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0226473244

ISBN-13: 9780226473246

Pub. Date: 06/06/1998

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


From a wealth of vivid autobiographical writings, Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie reconstructs the extraordinary life of Thomas Platter and the lives of his sons. With masterful erudition, Le Roy Ladurie deepens and expands the historical contexts of these accounts and, in the process, brings to life the customs, perceptions, and character of an age poised at the

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From a wealth of vivid autobiographical writings, Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie reconstructs the extraordinary life of Thomas Platter and the lives of his sons. With masterful erudition, Le Roy Ladurie deepens and expands the historical contexts of these accounts and, in the process, brings to life the customs, perceptions, and character of an age poised at the threshold of modernity.

"Le Roy Ladurie paints a remarkably contemporary picture of life in the sixteenth century. . . . It's a good story, told with a deft narrative touch."—Michael S. Kimmel, The Nation

"Le Roy Ladurie is a master of the representative detail and uses the Platters' lives as a means to see a whole century 'through a glass, darkly'."—The Independent

"Le Roy Ladurie has not only thoroughly sketched out the Platters' particular brand of gusto, he has also made it seem a defining characteristic of the sixteenth century."—The New Republic

"All [of] the drama and pathos of a Disney film."—Emily Eakin, Lingua Franca

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226473246
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
06/06/1998
Edition description:
1
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
990,398
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Author's Notevii
PART ONE Father and Son: Thomas and Felix Platter
1 Pilgrimage to the Valais3
PART TWO Childhoods and Undertakings (1499-1551)
2 The Platter Childhoods: Thomas15
3 The Platter Childhoods: Felix65
4 Platter Enterprises: Thomas121
PART THREE Five Years in the Land of Oc (1552-1556)
5 Traveling to Montpellier155
6 Living in Montpellier187
PART FOUR The Year 1557
7 Going to Paris (Spring 1557)221
8 The Spring of 1557: Anabasis269
9 Summer and Fall: Thesis and Wedding307
PART FIVE Boy or Girl?
10 Gredlin337
11 Tomlin343
Notes353
Bibliography375
Maps387
Index393
A gallery of illustrationsfollows...............p. 120

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