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Olivier de La Marche and the Rhetoric of Fifteenth-Century Historiography - Catherine Emerson

Olivier de La Marche and the Rhetoric of Fifteenth-Century Historiography

Hardcover Published: 1st May 2004
ISBN: 9781843830528
Number Of Pages: 256

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Olivier de La Marche's Memoires of events in Burgundy in the latter half of the fifteenth century raise many questions for historians. Written piecemeal over a period of fifty years, individual passages must first be dated; then, questions of style and genre can be addressed: are the Memoires memoirs in the modern understanding of the term? How far can the text be read as autobiography? Is La Marche the eyewitness he seems? The relationship between the Memoires and the literary culture surrounding the Burgundian court is also examined, followed by examination of three key aspects of the Memoires: their status as didactic literature, the place accorded to religion (and within that, to Franciscan friars), and the presentation of combat. Far from being a naive and inaccurate account, the Memoires emerge as having specific polemical purposes, the polemic often strengthened by what have traditionally been read as confused chronology and material errors.

CATHERINE EMERSON is Lecturer in French, National University of Ireland, Galway.

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[Offers] fresh insights of undeniable relevance for historians of the Burgundian Netherlands. [...] Anyone interested in the fifteenth century... can benefit from this study. AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW Provides thought-provoking and stimulating ideas for further research. YEAR'S WORK IN MODERN LANGUAGE STUDIES

Introductionp. 1
Putting a date to the Memoiresp. 6
L'autobiographie moyenageuse : genre in the Memoiresp. 33
'L'histoire [...] bourguignonne'!p. 75
Exemplaire, miroir et doctrine : the didactic import of the Memoiresp. 116
La 'corde nouhee' : La Marche and religionp. 164
Ordre and ordonnance : the presentation of combat in the Memoiresp. 189
Conclusionp. 223
Bibliographyp. 226
Indexp. 241
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ISBN: 9781843830528
ISBN-10: 1843830523
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st May 2004
Publisher: BOLTON PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.53

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