L'écriture testamentaire à la fin du Moyen Age
Identité, dispersion, trace

Jacqueline Cerquiglini-Toulet

Special Lecture Series 3

Legenda

1 November 1999  •  34pp

ISBN: 1-900755-28-9 (paperback)

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Mock wills were astonishingly popular in France in the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance. They could be written by poets -- or creatures like mules or birds; they could convey repentance or satire; they could be comic or tragic, clever or caustic. They could serve a political purpose -- or simply raise a belly-laugh in the tavern. In this lucid and broad-ranging study, Jacqueline Cerquiglini-Toulet, whose knowledge of the period is unparalleled, traces the history and poetics of an intriguing sub-genre whose best-known exponent is, of course, François Villon. L'écriture testamentaire à la fin du Moyen Age was delivered as the Spring 1999 Zaharoff Lecture at the Taylor Institution in the University of Oxford.

Jacqueline Cerquiglini-Toulet is Professor of Literature at the University of Paris IV (Sorbonne). She has edited works by Guillaume de Machaut and Christine de Pizan, and is the author of a number of books, including 'Un engin si soutil': Guillaume de Machaut et l'écriture au XIVe siècle and La Couleur de la mélancolie: la fréquentation des livres au XIVe siècle.

Reviews:

  • Glynnis M. Cropp, New Zealand Journal of French Studies 22.1, 2001, 29
  • ‘A fascinating and wide-ranging overview from the thirteenth to the sixteenth centuries of the literary use of testamentary writing in French.’ — unsigned notice, Forum for Modern Language Studies XL.1, 2004, 98

Bibliography entry:

Cerquiglini-Toulet, Jacqueline, L'écriture testamentaire à la fin du Moyen Age: Identité, dispersion, trace, Special Lecture Series, 3 (Cambridge: Legenda, 1999)

First footnote reference: 35 L'écriture testamentaire à la fin du Moyen Age: Identité, dispersion, trace, jacqueline Cerquiglini-Toulet, Special Lecture Series, 3 (Cambridge: Legenda, 1999), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Cerquiglini-Toulet, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Cerquiglini-Toulet, Jacqueline. 1999. L'écriture testamentaire à la fin du Moyen Age: Identité, dispersion, trace, Special Lecture Series, 3 (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Cerquiglini-Toulet 1999: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Cerquiglini-Toulet 1999: 21.

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