Pasquier Le Moyne's L'Ardant Miroir de Grace: Counsel for the Ladies and Censure for the Nobles in the Court of Francis I (1520)
Until my present research, this rare extant copy (Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris) was unknown and has proven to be an important addition to early feminist literature. It is unique in both its moral instruction for the young ladies of the court and advice to protect them from the sexual advances of the French nobles. In this regard, it is unique in the vitriolic specific condemnation of the nobles by Pasquier Le Moyne. His censure is astonishing at this time. This work, written in prose and verse, gives us an intimate conception of the mores of the French court of Francis I.
Keywords: Literature, Literary Studies, Sexuality, Gender, Families, Religion, Spirituality
Prof Joanne Snow-Smith
Professor, Division of Art History, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington