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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ancient Ango Apocalyptic associated astrolabe barbarians barbarous Bibliotheque Brazil Brazilians brazilwood Cambridge ceremonial Cest la deduction chant royal Chapter chariot Charles Christian cited city's civic civic-cultural elite Conards cultural display early modern early modern France effigy eloquence Elysian Fields emperor entree entry festival entry into Rouen entry's eschatology Essays example France France's Francois French Geneva Guillaume Hellequin Henri Henri II Henri's entry Hercules History humanist Ibid ideal Jacques Jean Jean Ango Jean Bouchet Joao king king's language Louis Marot Medieval merchants Michel mirror Mollat narrative naumachia nobility Norman Normandy Normandy's Palinod paradise Paris Parmentier Pierre poetry poets Portuguese Puy de Palinod relics Renaissance representation rhetoric rites ritual role Roman Roman triumph Rouen Rouennais royal entry Sagon Saint Saint-Patrice savages ship siecle sixteenth century social spiritual symbolic Tabellionage tableau vivant trade tradition trans triumph triumphal entry verse 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.
Stran xii - LorS si ta belle main passant ne m'eust fait signe, Main blanche, qui se vante estre fille d'un Cygne, Je fusse mort, Hélène, aux rayons de tes yeux : Mais ton signe retint l'âme presque ravie, Ton œil se contenta d'estre victorieux, Ta main se resjouyt de me donner la vie.