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)

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Prof Joanne Snow-Smith
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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
Stream: Literature, Literary Studies, Sexuality, Gender, Families, Religion, Spirituality
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Pasquier Le Moyne's L'Ardant Miroir de Grace


Prof Joanne Snow-Smith

Professor, Division of Art History, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
USA

Joanne Snow-Smith received the Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles and teaches Italian Renaissance art history. She was Art History Program Director at the University of Washington Rome Center in the Palazzo Pio in 1998, 2000 and 2002. Her book publications include "The 'Salvator Mundi' of Leonardo Da Vinci", and "The 'Primavera' of Sandro Botticelli: A Neoplatonic Interpretation". She has also published numerous articles in academic journals and is listed in Marquis' Who's Who in America, 2005.

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