Women and Men of the French Renaissance

Women and Men of the French Renaissance

by Edith Sichel

Divided into four books, this exploration of the Renaissance in France focuses on people and events in the first half of the sixteenth century.

Book I — "The French Renaissance" — sets the scene, describing the historical and social background with extra detail about the lives of women, scholars and artists.

Book II — "Margaret of Angoulême and the Renaissance" — looks at the lives of Louise de Savoie, of her children, Margaret and Francis I, of Margaret's daughter Jeanne, and of some of their friends and lovers, including Charles de Montpensier, Constable of France.

Book III — "Rabelais and his Contemporaries" — focuses on poets, writers and printers: Clément Marot, Bonaventure de Périers, Louise Labé, Etienne Dolet, and Rabelais himself — his life, writings and beliefs.

Book IV — "The end of the Reign" — looks at the lives and work of architects Philibert de l'Orme and Pierre Lescot, sculptor Jean Goujon, and poets Pierre de Ronsard and Joachim du Bellay.

Includes a Bibliography, a Historical Summary, and an Index.

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