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Tales and Trials of Love, Concerning Venus’s Punishment of Those Who Scorn True Love and Denounce Cupid’s Sovereignty

A Bilingual Edition and Study

Kelly Peebles’s excellent translation and edition of Jeanne Flore’s Comptes amoureux / Tales and Trials of Love (Lyon, 1542) puts Flore back on the map of important French female authors, both for English-speaking readers and for scholars interested more broadly in early modern French print culture. The transcription of the French text, complete with bibliographic details from the first edition, pairs beautifully with Peebles’s dynamic and engaging translation. Peebles’s introduction elegantly shows how Flore’s text stands as a significant textual and material representative of one of the most artistically rich and culturally tumultuous times in early modern France. Her edition and translation will no doubt become a principal reference for future scholarly work not only on Jeanne Flore, but also on female authorship, gender, and print culture in early modern France and Europe.

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"Kelly Peebles’s excellent translation and edition of Jeanne Flore’s Comptes amoureux / Tales and Trials of Love (Lyon, 1542) puts Flore back on the map of important French female authors, both for English-speaking readers and for scholars interested more broadly in early modern French print culture. The transcription of the French text, complete with bibliographic details from the first edition, pairs beautifully with Peebles’s dynamic and engaging translation. Peebles’s introduction elegantly shows how Flore’s text stands as a significant textual and material representative of one of the most artistically rich and culturally tumultuous times in early modern France. Her edition and translation will no doubt become a principal reference for future scholarly work not only on Jeanne Flore, but also on female authorship, gender, and print culture in early modern France and Europe."
 

Leah Chang, The George Washington University

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction 1
The Other Voice 1
Imprimé nouvellement à Lyon 9
Comptes amoureux: Content and Analysis 14
Mismatched Marriage in Renaissance Literature 33
La Pugnition de l’amour contempné and the roman
sentimental 38
Telling Tales of Love in Lyon: La querelle des Amyes 41
Love and Marriage as Religious Dissidence in
Comptes amoureux 47
A Note on the French Text 49
Translator’s Note: Prose 52
Translator’s Note: Poetry 54
Tales and Trials of Love
Madame Egine Minerve to Noble Ladies-in-love 61
Epistle 63
Tale One 65
Tale Two 115
Tale Three 153
Tale Four 167
Tale Five 197
Tale Six 219
Tale Seven 251
Jeanne Flore to the Reader 261
Translation Notes 262
Appendix 1 295
Appendix 2 299
Appendix 3 303
Bibliography 307
Index 327

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