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Richelieu's Desmarets and the Century of Louis XIV

Hugh Gaston Hall

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151579
eISBN:
9780191672743
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151579.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Jean Desmarets, later Sieur de Saint-Sorlin, was a late Renaissance ‘universal man’: first Chancellor and founder-member of the Académie Française, last jester of the French royal court and star ... More


Jean Desmarets and the Century of Louis XIV

Hugh Gaston Hall

in Richelieu's Desmarets and the Century of Louis XIV

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151579
eISBN:
9780191672743
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151579.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Le Triomphe de Louis et de son siècle, dedicated to Louis XIV in 1674 by Jean Desmarets, opens out the traditional celebration of French royal triumphs upon an ambitious conception ... More


Family

Hugh Gaston Hall

in Richelieu's Desmarets and the Century of Louis XIV

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151579
eISBN:
9780191672743
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151579.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Based on present evidence, Jean Desmarets appears to have been born in Paris c.1600. He was probably the son of the ‘marchand bourgeois’ Jean Marestz and his wife, Marie Le Febvre. There is, however, ... More


Introduction

Hugh Gaston Hall

in Richelieu's Desmarets and the Century of Louis XIV

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151579
eISBN:
9780191672743
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151579.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Jean Desmarets, later Sieur de Saint-Sorlin, last jester of the royal Court of France and first Chancellor of the Académie-Française, is arguably one of the most versatile, and certainly one of the ... More


Missions and Offices

Hugh Gaston Hall

in Richelieu's Desmarets and the Century of Louis XIV

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151579
eISBN:
9780191672743
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151579.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Jean Desmarets held important offices, first as ‘le bouffon du Roi’, with access to the Conseil as a favourite perhaps as early as 1614. By 1620 he was Député pour les fortifications de l'Armée du ... More


The Quarrel of the Imaginaires

Hugh Gaston Hall

in Richelieu's Desmarets and the Century of Louis XIV

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151579
eISBN:
9780191672743
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151579.003.0017
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

In December 1665 Jean Desmarets engaged the Jansenist apologist Pierre Nicole in a doctrinal controversy, which Nicole turned into a personal ad hominem attack on Desmarets: the Quarrel of the ... More


Clovis, ou la France Chrestienne

Hugh Gaston Hall

in Richelieu's Desmarets and the Century of Louis XIV

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151579
eISBN:
9780191672743
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151579.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Clovis is Jean Desmarets's most substantial contribution to heroic poetry. It is his longest, most carefully crafted, best produced, and most successful non-dramatic poem. It is ... More


Devotional Poetry

Hugh Gaston Hall

in Richelieu's Desmarets and the Century of Louis XIV

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151579
eISBN:
9780191672743
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151579.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Religious experience was such an important part of life in Jean Desmarets's time that it is somewhat arbitrary to separate his devotional poetry from his other verse. Following the death of Cardinal ... More


Devotional Prose

Hugh Gaston Hall

in Richelieu's Desmarets and the Century of Louis XIV

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151579
eISBN:
9780191672743
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151579.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

The works considered in this chapter include a book by each of the two Cardinals de Richelieu revised by Jean Desmarets, together with over a dozen volumes of his own new works, translations, and ... More


Conclusion

Hugh Gaston Hall

in Richelieu's Desmarets and the Century of Louis XIV

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151579
eISBN:
9780191672743
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151579.003.0018
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

The epigraph expresses a conception of creative writing and art constant in Jean Desmaret's career even before his entry into Cardinal Richelieu's personal service and already common among Court ... More


Short Poems and Games

Hugh Gaston Hall

in Richelieu's Desmarets and the Century of Louis XIV

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151579
eISBN:
9780191672743
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151579.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Like a number of his contemporaries in Court circles, the salons, and the early Académie-Française, Jean Desmarets wrote numerous short poems. In the first years of the Regency of Anne of Austria he ... More


The Novels and the New Académie-Française

Hugh Gaston Hall

in Richelieu's Desmarets and the Century of Louis XIV

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151579
eISBN:
9780191672743
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151579.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Jean Desmarets published three novels: Ariane, read from the manuscript in 1631 to the group of men who formed the Académie-Française and dedicated ‘Aux Dame’ in 1632 under the pseudonym ‘de ... More


The Historical Tragicomedies

Hugh Gaston Hall

in Richelieu's Desmarets and the Century of Louis XIV

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151579
eISBN:
9780191672743
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151579.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Prompted perhaps by Pierre Corneille's success with Le Cid, Jean Desmarets abandoned comedy for tragicomedy. Desmarets was elected on June 16 with Chapelain and the Abbé de Bourzeis, by the ... More


Richelieu, Desmarets, and Theatre

Hugh Gaston Hall

in Richelieu's Desmarets and the Century of Louis XIV

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151579
eISBN:
9780191672743
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151579.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Jean Desmarets's dramatic works, written at the request of Cardinal Richelieu and for his theatres, comprise seven plays, first performed between February 19, 1636, when or soon after the small ... More


Plays for the Grand'Salle of the Palais-Cardinal

Hugh Gaston Hall

in Richelieu's Desmarets and the Century of Louis XIV

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151579
eISBN:
9780191672743
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151579.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

As early as 1638, Jean Desmarets began working on plays for performance in the planned Grand'Salle de spectacle in the Palais-Cardinal. His last three plays are experimental and innovative, ... More


The Late Biblical and Heroic Poems

Hugh Gaston Hall

in Richelieu's Desmarets and the Century of Louis XIV

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151579
eISBN:
9780191672743
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151579.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Between 1669 and 1671 Jean Desmarets published two biblical poems — Marie-Madeleine, ou le Triomphe de la Grace and Esther — and a short historical poëme héroïque, Regulus, ou le vray genereux. Two ... More


Les Visionnaires

Hugh Gaston Hall

in Richelieu's Desmarets and the Century of Louis XIV

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151579
eISBN:
9780191672743
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151579.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

First performed by the Marais troupe, Jean Desmarets's second comedy, Les Visionnaires is his most successful work. The plot is simple. Alcidon, a complaisant father, has promised a daughter in ... More


La Félicité and La Prospérité

Hugh Gaston Hall

in Richelieu's Desmarets and the Century of Louis XIV

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151579
eISBN:
9780191672743
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151579.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Jean Desmarets's first and last plays for the Palais-Cardinal theatres were intended for performance with ballet, as some of his other plays may also have been. Before the ballet-prologue for Europe ... More


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