This collection of essays by thirteen renowned specialists in the fields of French Renaissance literature and history is a fitting tribute to the scholarship of Pauline Smith, Emeritus Professor in French at the University of Hull and Research Associate of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Trinity College, Dublin. The essays, which focus on areas of research to which Professor Smith has herself given – and continues to give – particular attention, are organised into two frequently converging strands: court and humour. The contributors engage with political and cultural issues at the heart of the construction and aesthetic expression of the French Renaissance, whilst also offering insights into the broader European context. The collection as a whole challenges and revises a number of established views and identifies paths for future research.
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2009. 272 pp.
Contents: Sarah Alyn Stacey: Introduction – Robert Knecht: Francis I, ‘Father of Letters’? – Margaret M. McGowan: Festivities
for the Marriage of Henri de Navarre and Marguerite de Valois (1572): Aesthetic Triumphs and Political Exploitation – Jennifer
Britnell: Competition and Co-operation: The Court Poets of Louis XII and Anne of Brittany – Sarah Alyn Stacey: Between Two
Courts: Nationhood and Diplomacy in the Works of Marc-Claude de Buttet 1554-1561 – Dana Bentley-Cranch: A Question of Patronage:
The Links between Clément Marot, Antoine de Pons, Bernard Palissy and Anne de Montmorency in the Context of the Reform Movement
in Sixteenth-Century France – Catherine Reuben: The Closers: People who Finish other People’s Psalm Translations – Michael
Heath: Translation and Transmission: The Case of Erasmus’s Exomologesis – Malcolm Quainton: The Mysterious Case of
the Missing Source Edition of Jean-Antoine de Baïf’s Le Brave – George Hugo Tucker: The Witty Art of the Neo-Latin
Cento: The Textual ‘Patchworks’ of Lelio Capilupi of Mantua (1497-1560) – Trevor Peach : Une Catilinaire de légiste
: La Satyre au Roy de Gabriel Bounin (1586) – Alan Hindley: Pierre Gringore, Satire and Carnival: Le Jeu du Prince
des Sotz et de Mere Sotte – Annette Tomarken: ‘Un Voyage en ce pays là’: Bruscambille’s Journey to the Heavens (and Back)
– Frank Dobbins: Rabelais and the Musicians of his Time.