Memoirs

ISBN-10: 0226502791
ISBN-13: 9780226502793
Edition: 2008
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Description: The memoirs of Hortense (1646–1699) and of Marie (1639–1715) Mancini, nieces of the powerful Cardinal Mazarin and members of the court of Louis XIV, represent the earliest examples in France of memoirs published by women under their own names during  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.50
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 7/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 254
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

The memoirs of Hortense (1646–1699) and of Marie (1639–1715) Mancini, nieces of the powerful Cardinal Mazarin and members of the court of Louis XIV, represent the earliest examples in France of memoirs published by women under their own names during their lifetimes. Both unhappily married—Marie had also fled the aftermath of her failed affair with the king—the sisters chose to leave their husbands for life on the road, a life quite rare for women of their day. Through their writings, the Mancinis sought to rehabilitate their reputations and reclaim the right to define their public images themselves, rather than leave the stories of their lives to the intrigues of the court—and to their disgruntled ex-husbands. First translated in 1676 and 1678 and credited largely to male redactors, the two memoirs reemerge here in an accessible English translation that chronicles the beginnings of women’s rights to personal independence within the confines of an otherwise circumscribed early modern aristocratic society.

Acknowledgments
Series Editors' Introduction
The Memoirs of Hortense and Marie Mancini
Volume Editor's Bibliography
To M.*** [The Memoirs of Hortense Mancini]
The Truth in Its Own Light
Appendixes
Genealogical Chart of the Mazzarino and Mancini Families
Map of Present-day Western Europe
Map of Present-day France
Map of Present-day Italy
Series Editors' Bibliography
Index

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