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La duchesse du Maine (1676-1753)

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« Chamarrée », ainsi Saint-Simon qualifiait-il la personnalité complexe d’Anne-Louise-Bénédicte de Bourbon-Condé (1676-1753), précieuse et pédante, frivole mais frondeuse. Sans doute cette excentricité – au sens premier du terme – s’explique-t-elle par un statut social bancal : petite-fille du Grand Condé, membre à part entière de la plus haute aristocratie, celle du sang, elle avait été mariée en 1692 au duc du Maine, l’aîné des bâtards nés du double adultère de la marquise de Montespan et de Louis XIV. Cependant, tout en rappelant à son époux l’infériorité de sa naissance, elle n’aura de cesse – et de plus en plus au fur et à mesure que la mort du roi se rapprochera inévitablement – de le soutenir : à la tête de la conjuration de Cellamare, elle tentera mème de faire enlever la Régence au duc d’Orléans au profit du duc du Maine. Le complot fut déjoué et la duchesse emprisonnée. Ces revers ne l’empêchèrent pas de reprendre ensuite, certes sur un mode assourdi, une vie mondaine et intellectuelle brillante : le président Hénault, Rose de Staal-Delaunay, Fontenelle, Houdar de La Motte ou la marquise du Deffand comptèrent alors parmi ses familiers. Sa célébrité demeure cependant attachée aux Grandes Nuits de Sceaux, divertissements aussi singuliers que dispendieux par laquelle elle avait su ranimer un temps les splendeurs éteintes de la cour du Roi Soleil. Mêlant poésies galantes, théâtre de société, bals, ballets ou cantates, ranimant le flambeau de la tragédie grecque tout en faisant éclore le genre de l’opéra-comique, les Divertissements de Sceaux témoignent de l’éclectisme de la duchesse et de ses principaux mentors : l’abbé Genest et Malézieu. La réputation de son esprit et plus encore la sûreté de son goût séduisirent les tenants des Anciens comme les plus résolus des Modernes, les célébrités confirmées – Chaulieu, Baron ou Fontenelle – autant que les débutants les plus prometteurs : Mouret, Bourgeois ou Colin de Blamont... C’est à Sceaux que Voltaire fit ses premiers pas dans le monde et c’est à l’intention de la duchesse qu’il écrivit les premiers de ces contes qui devaient les immortaliser tous deux.

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Le blasphème

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Book Series: Problèmes d'histoire des religions ISBN: 9782800415208 Year: Pages: 184 Language: French|English
Publisher: Éditions de l'Université de Bruxelles
Subject: Religion
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Considered an attack on the very foundation of the social order and public morality, blasphemy has been and is still repressed as such. Recently, however, certain international events and identity claims have raised new questions about the forms, the nature and the lawfulness of speeches and images showing disrespect for religions, even in the satirical mode. By examining the contemporary manifestations of what is considered outrageous by religions, but also by considering the history and anthropology of the "unholy word" and its reception, the studies collected in this book provide a better understanding of how this category of religious and legal discourse has been constructed over time, with the aim of suppressing certain forms of protest against established religions and their symbols. For the repression of blasphemy shows the complexity of its social and judicial management, at the heart of the tension between freedom of conscience ("slanderer" and "defamation"), freedom of expression and censorship.
 

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Marie-Adélaïde de Savoie (1685-1712)

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Book Series: Études sur le XVIIIe siècle ISBN: 9782800415628 Year: Pages: 296 Language: French
Publisher: Éditions de l'Université de Bruxelles
Subject: History
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In October 1696, the procession from Turin led Marie-Adélaïde de Savoie to Versailles. The marriage contract which now binds her to the Duke of Burgundy, grandson of Louis XIV, will seal, a few months later, the fate of Europe by the peace of Ryswick. From the birth of his daughter, guided by lucid cynicism, Victor Amadeus II had destined her to become a French princess. He succeeds very well. From the outset, the monarch was seduced by the extraversion, the naturalness and simplicity of the child; he found it "at will". Having become duchess of Burgundy, the young woman nevertheless upsets the etiquette of the court of France, confided in the devotions. She quickly becomes the darling of Versailles. Her temper tempers the morose religiosity of her husband; her cheerfulness galvanises around her musicians, composers, choreographers and men of letters. His enthusiasm and his casualness encourage to multiply the balls, the plays, the theatrical performances, the lotteries of chinoiseries ... The taste of the duchess is eclectic. She dances ballet-masquerade, is seduced by the magical fairy tale, touches the harpsichord with a certain talent, applauds the Italian Theater and interprets the sacred tragedies offered by Madame de Maintenon. The last years of the reign of Louis XIV were thus reborn, under the influence of expensive entertainment honored by the king, all a literary, musical, but also architectural patronage, around the work of development of the Menagerie, whose enjoyment is offered to The Duchess. The court emerges from its torpor during this pivotal time that connects the extinct splendors of the court of the Sun King with the excesses of the Regency, then of Louis XV. By illuminating his formative years, studying the patronage of the Duchess of Burgundy within the court system and a policy of distinction marked by the pregnance of several political clans, by questioning the efflorescence of funeral orations of where pierced the disappointed hopes and the collective imagination of the nation, the present volume intends to fill the gaps of contemporary historiography long remained silent on the brief destiny of Marie-Adélaïde of Savoy and the climate of the court of Versailles between 1696 and 1712.

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