Institute of Historical Studies
Institute of Historical Studies

Talk: “Paris, 1624: Poetry, Eloquence, and Repression in the Age of Richelieu,” by Robert A. Schneider, Indiana University, Bloomington

Mon, October 13, 2014 | GAR 4.100

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Robert A. Schneider
Professor, Department of History, Indiana University, Bloomington
Editor, American Historical Review
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In 1624, the great “libertine” poet Théophile de Viau was prosecuted for blasphemy and sodomy; weakened by two years in prison, he died in 1626.  In the same period, others with heterodox beliefs also were threatened by the authorities.  This paper will explore the repercussions of this wave of repression, which prompted many men of letters to reconsider the terms of public discourse.  It will suggest that the culture of so-called absolutism, usually associated with the Cardinal Richelieu and the centralizing monarchy, was largely fashioned from the aspirations, anxieties, and values of writers and intellectuals.

Sponsored by: The Graduate School; Center for European Studies; Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History;

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