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The contribution of eighteenth-century Englishmen to the study of medieval life and literature is fairly well known, but it is commonly assumed that in France, the center of Enlightenment, no one—with the exception of a few obscure antiquarians—was seriously interested in the Middle Ages. Gossman argues that the Enlightenment gave great impetus to medieval studies in France and altered their orientation, removing them from the realm of legal and ecclesiastical dispute and bringing them into a new framework of general history. Concentrating his investigation of Enlightenment medievalists on the most influential of them, La Curne de Sainte-Palaye, Gossman describes Sainte-Palaye's social and intellectual milieu and follows him in his relations with scholars and philosophes in France and abroad. Voltaire, Montesquieu, Gibbon, Walpole, Muratori, and Herder are some of the figures whose paths crossed that of Sainte-Palaye. Far from being opposed to philosophie, the medievalists were, Gossman argues, nourished at the same intellectual sources and shared many of the values of the philosophes. The existence of a close connection between medievalism and the Enlightenment is substantiated by the author's detailed analyses of Sainte-Palaye's work in the history, literature, and language of the French Middle Ages. Although Sainte-Palaye had a surprising influence on the literature and historiography of both the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries—in France, England, and Germany—eighteenth-century medievalism, Gossman argues, is best understood not as anticipation of things to come but as part of a complex of ideas and feelings peculiar to the Enlightenment itself.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Halftitle
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Abbreviations Frequently Used in Notes
  2. p. xvii
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  1. Part I: An Eighteenth-Century Scholar and His World
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  1. Chapter 1. Background and Education
  2. pp. 3-31
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  1. 2. A Diplomatic Career
  2. pp. 32-43
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  1. 3. Intellectual Societies, Salons, and Friends
  2. pp. 44-86
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  1. 4. Scholars of the robe and philosophes
  2. pp. 87-125
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  1. 5. Amateur of the Arts and Royal Academician
  2. pp. 126-149
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  1. Part II: New Approaches to Medieval Studies
  2. pp. 151-171
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  1. Part III: Works of Medieval Scholarship
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  1. Chapter 1. Language
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  1. 2. The Publication of Documents Relative to French History
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  1. 3. Catalogues of Manuscripts Relative to Medieval History: The Notices de manuscrits
  2. pp. 216-222
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  1. 4. Problems and Methods of Editing Medieval Texts
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  1. 5. Study of the Chronicle Sources of Medieval History
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  1. 6. Study of the Literary Sources of Medieval History
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  1. 7. The Question of the Publication of Medieval Texts
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  1. 8. The Dictionnaire des antiquités
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  1. 9. The Mémoires sur l’ancienne chevalerie and the Mémoires historiques sur la chasse
  2. pp. 273-298
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  1. 10. The Histoire littéraire des troubadours
  2. pp. 299-324
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  1. Part IV: Conclusion: Medievalism and Enlightenment
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  1. Chapter 1. The Contribution of Sainte-Palaye to the Thought of the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries: A Discussion of Medievalism in the Enlightenment
  2. pp. 327-348
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  1. 2. The Place of Sainte-Palaye’s Work in the History of Historiography and of Historical Scholarship
  2. pp. 349-358
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  1. Appendices
  2. pp. 359-361
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  1. 2. Sainte-Palaye’s Examination of the Manuscripts of Froissart
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  1. 3. Sainte-Palaye’s Collations of Manuscripts of fabliaux
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  1. 4. Sainte-Palaye’s Copies of Provençal chansonniers
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  1. 5. Troubadours Mentioned or Discussed for the First Time in the Histoire littéraire des troubadours
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421430041
Related ISBN
9781421430843
MARC Record
OCLC
1117490413
Launched on MUSE
2019-09-12
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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