A Savage Mirror: Power, Identity, and Knowledge in Early Modern France
Stanford University Press, 2006 - 306 strani
A Savage Mirror is about the New World, royal ritual, and the sensibilities that defined a new class of elites. It takes as its starting point the royal entry of Henri II into Rouen in 1550. By all accounts, this ritual was among the most spectacular ever staged. It included an "exact" replica of a Brazilian village, with fifty "savages" kidnapped from the New World. The book aims to understand what the French made of these Brazilian cannibals, and the significance of putting them in a festival honoring the king. The resulting analysis provides an investigation of France's changing social structure, its religious beliefs, its humanist culture, and its complicated commercial and symbolic relations with the New World. The book will appeal not only to scholars of early modern history, but to those interested in cross-cultural contact, cultural studies, civic ritual, museography, and history of literature, science, religion, art, and anthropology.
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According acts ancient appearance associated authority barbarians Brazil Brazilians ceremonial Cest chant Chapter chariot Charles Christian cited civilization closely collection Conards court cultural display early modern elite emperor eschatology especially Essays example festival figure France François French hand head held Henri Henri's entry Hercules History humanist Ibid ideal identity important interests Italy Jean king king's land language learning living Marot means merchants mirror narrative nature nobility Norman Normandy organized Palinod Paris perhaps Pierre played poetry poets political Portuguese practices present procession Puy's regard relics Renaissance representation represented rhetoric ritual role Roman Rouen royal Saint savages seen sense ship siècle similar simply social spiritual status Studies symbolic trade tradition trans translation triumph triumphal University victory Virgin wild World
Stran 9 - Those people are wild, just as we call wild the fruits that Nature has produced by herself and in her normal course; whereas really it is those that we have changed artificially and led astray from the common order, that we should rather call wild.