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Author Adams, Tracy, 1959- author.

Title Agnès Sorel and the French monarchy : history, gallantry, and national identity / by Tracy Adams
Published Leeds : Arc Humanities Press, [2022]


Description 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white)
Series Gender and power in the premodern world
Gender and power in the premodern world.
Contents Frontmatter -- CONTENTS -- List of Illustrations -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction. Why a New Study of Agnès Sorel? -- Part One. WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT AGNÈS SOREL AND HOW WE KNOW IT -- Chapter One. Who Was Agnès Sorel? -- Chapter Two. The Primary Sources -- Chapter Three. The First Royal Mistress in Historical Context -- Part Two THE SPECTACULAR AFTERLIFE OF AGNÈS SOREL -- Figure 1: Jean Fouquet, "Madonna Surrounded by Seraphim and Cherubim." -- Chapter Four. Communicative Memory -- Chapter Five. Cultural Memory: Agnès as Celebrity -- Chapter Six. Agnès la Gallante -- Chapter Seven. History, Gallantry, and National Identity -- Conclusion. Agnès Sorel, Modern Celebrity -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary Agnès Sorel (1428-1450), beautiful favourite of Charles VII of France and first in the long genealogy of French royal mistresses, was mysteriously poisoned in the prime of life. Agnès, part of a network of royal "favourites," is equally interesting for her political activity. And yet, no scholarly study in English of her exists. This study brings her story to an English-speaking audience, examining her in her historical context, that is, the factional struggle for power waged against Charles VII by the dauphin Louis and the king's final routing of the English. It then traces Agnès's afterlife, exploring her roles as founding mother of the tradition of the French royal mistress and foil for the less popular holders of the "office"; as erotic fantasy figure for nineteenth-century historians "re-inventing" the Middle Ages; and, most recently, as poignant victim for fans of the true crime genre
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on August 01, 2022)
Subject Sorel, Agnès, approximately 1422-1450
Charles VII, King of France, 1403-1461 -- Relations with women
SUBJECT Sorel, Agnès, approximately 1422-1450 fast
Charles VII, King of France, 1403-1461 fast
Subject Favorites, Royal -- France -- Biography
HISTORY / Medieval
Relations with women
Favorites, Royal
SUBJECT France -- History -- Charles VII, 1422-1461.
Subject France
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781802700305