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Le Lai de Franchise d'Eustache Deschamps ou de l'autre côté du miroir

Abstract : In the Lai de Franchise, Eustache Deschamps, a poet who lived during the reign of the early Valois, repudiates the poetic presuppositions governing a courtly existence at a loss for standards. Courtly inspiration linked to an ideal and political denunciation are merged in a poetic background. The lyrical subject “I”, heir to a tradition, the memory of which it celebrates, is the intradiegetic eyewitness of clerical disintegration and journeys toward the generating framework of a new type of governance. This is revealed to him a contrario through mirrors, a droplet of dew and a flower, the reflections of which are powerless tools for reform. By means of satire, he departs from the courtly and, by so doing, clerical arena to re-discover an art of living and writing that corresponds to the elementary dimension commended by his entire body of work.
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Miren Lacassagne. Le Lai de Franchise d'Eustache Deschamps ou de l'autre côté du miroir. Le Moyen Age. Revue d'histoire et de philologie, Editions De Boeck Supérieur, 2010, Le Prince en son « miroir ». Littérature et politique sous les premiers Valois, CXVI (3), pp.645-656. ⟨10.3917/rma.163.0645⟩. ⟨hal-02923225⟩



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