The Resource Scandal and reputation at the court of Catherine de Medici, by Una McIlvenna

Scandal and reputation at the court of Catherine de Medici, by Una McIlvenna

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Scandal and reputation at the court of Catherine de Medici
Title
Scandal and reputation at the court of Catherine de Medici
Statement of responsibility
by Una McIlvenna
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
Scandal and Reputation at the Court of Catherine de Medici explores Catherine de Medici's 'flying squadron', the legendary ladies-in-waiting of the sixteenth-century French queen mother who were alleged to have been ordered to seduce politically influential men for their mistress's own Machiavellian purposes. Branded a 'cabal of cuckoldry' by a contemporary critic, these women were involved in scandals that have encouraged a perception, which continues in much academic literature, of the late Valois court as debauched and corrupt. Rather than trying to establish the guilt or innocence of the accused, Una McIlvenna here focuses on representations of the scandals in popular culture and print, and on the collective portrayal of the women in the libelous and often pornographic literature that circulated information about the court. She traces the origins of this material to the all-male intellectual elite of the parlementaires: lawyers and magistrates who expressed their disapproval of Catherine's political and religious decisions through misogynist pamphlets and verse that targeted the women of her entourage. Scandal and Reputation at the Court of Catherine de Medici reveals accusations of poisoning and incest to be literary tropes within a tradition of female defamation dating to classical times that encouraged a collective and universalizing notion of women as sexually voracious, duplicitous and, ultimately, dangerous. In its focus on manuscript and early print culture, and on the transition from a world of orality to one dominated by literacy and textuality, this study has relevance for scholars of literary history, particularly those interested in pamphlet and libel culture.--
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Provided by publisher
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Dewey number
840.9/35844028
Index
index present
LC call number
PQ239
LC item number
.M45 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Women and gender in the early modern world
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Scandal and reputation at the court of Catherine de Medici, by Una McIlvenna
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Catherine de Medici and the myth of the "flying squadron" -- Court life and its critics: the rise in satirical literature -- The dissemination of scandal: news culture in early modern France -- Venomous rumours: the scandal of Isabelle de Limeuil -- Word of honour: Françoise de Rohan versus the Duke of Nemours -- The triumph of the matriarch: Anne d'Este, Duchess of Guise, Duchess of Nemours -- Conclusion: a re-assessment of scandal
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ocn949884517
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unknown
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1 online resource
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781472428233
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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unknown
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.b36975874
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
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  • (OCoLC)949884517
  • pebc131705931X

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