Princes de Cleves

by D.J. James from Story Traditions with James - France at 2:10 PM on 7·19·2013

Today’s episode introduces you to Madame de Lafayette’s “Princess of Cleves”, a novel focused on Henry II’s court. The theme of love is strongly carried over from the Medieval literature to 17th century French literature as depicted in this novel. In this episode, however, I discuss that love is no longer the driving force for decision making, but reasoning and decorum as implemented by Louis XIV are.

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