National Myths and Renaissance France

National Myths and Renaissance France : Francus, Samothes and the Druids

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In this study, Professor Asher shows how 16th century historians and poets were irrisistibly drawn to the myths and legends of the glorious druids and the great celtic past in their writings. He describes how the 7th century Chronical of Fredegar, giving the Franks a Trojan ancestry, became a standard preface to any French history, while the acknowledged forgeries of Annius of Viterbo, were at first simply reproduced without comment. Obsessed with the origins of the French nation and heavily influenced by the prevailing nationalism of the age, early 16th century French writers were largely uncritical of their highly spurious sources. However, as "National Myths" explains, as the Renaissance progressed so did the historians' desire to replace fiction with fact.
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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 149.86 x 233.68 x 25.4mm | 680.39g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrated
  • Illustrated edition
  • 0748604073
  • 9780748604074

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Part 1 The treatment by historians of the subject of early French history: the idea of a Trojan origin; "Berosus" - the text of the "Antiquities" of Annius of Viterbo; "Berosus" - the "Antiquities" as seen by French writers dealing with the subject of early French history; other sources providing material on the subject of early French history. Part 2 The treatment by poets of themes concerning the origin and early history of the French: Francus - prelude - Guillame Cretin; Francus - Ronsard's epic "La Franciade"; Francus - epics and epic fragments on the same themes as Ronsard's "Franciade" (Claude Garnier, Guillot, Geuffrin, Malvyn, Josset); Francus - Pierre de Laudun - "La Franciade"; Francus - Jean Godard - "La Franciade, tragoedie"; gauls and gallic kings - le Fevre de la Boderies - "La Galliade"; gauls and gallic kings - Jean le Fevre de Dreux; Jean Le Masle - Robert Le Roquez; Jean Le Masle - Jean Heudon. Appendices: text and translation of Annius fragments attributed to Berosus and Manetho; Viennet - La Franciade.
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