By Geoffrey Wilson
It is a standard trust that during France the research of medieval literature as literature in simple terms started to achieve reputation as a sound profession for the coed in the course of the 19th century. it really is renowned that historians of the 16th, 17th and eighteenth centuries appeared to the literary productions of the center a while for fabrics beneficial to their researches, however it is simply lately that the impressive frequency of this reference has been preferred and that students became conscious of an unbroken culture of what may perhaps top be defined as traditionally ori ented medievalism stretching from the 16th century to our personal. The eighteenth century has drawn the best variety of curious to this box, for it truly is glaring that the unusually broad researches undertaken then do a lot to provide an explanation for the growth made a century later by means of the main celebrated iteration of medievalistst. Very slowly we're coming to determine the price of the contribution made through little identified schol ars like los angeles Curne de Sainte-Palaye, Etienne Barbazan and the Comte de Caylus.
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Although in the edition of I 795 Le Grand freely admits that he has consulted and incorporated in his work whatever relevant information he could find, information gleaned as much from the archives of the local government offices as from the numerous scholarly works published on this region,143 yet no longer does he depend exclusively upon the written word for his material. The Vrryage d' Auvergne, and this is particularly obvious in the earlier version, is written from first-hand experience. 144 For a man of letters Le Grand appears to have had something of a passion for the sciences, a latent talent finally brought to fruition by this excursion into the provinces.
77ro, rough draft. Le Grand, of course, is to be welcome once again in Paulmy's library. P. 242 , note (g). Ms. Paris, Arsenal 6588, fol. 76ro-vo. Idem, If. 78ro-79vo, rough draft. THE LIFE AND WORK OF LE GRAND D'AUSSY 19 plan, which after all is no more than a series of divisions and subdivisions of chapters. But that he should put his name to the completed work when he knows nothing of the enormous volume of meticulous and painstaking research involved, this is unthinkable: Vous n'avez certainement pas voulu me proposer de n'avoir dans un travail tel que Ie mien que la peine et l'ennui seuls pour mon partage; et de m'employer comme un manoeuvre a tirer pendant plusieurs annees des pierres d'une carriere, ales tailler, ales mettre en place, tandis que d'autres mains en auroient l'honneur sans aucune peine.
In 1795 these scholarly researches became once more his sole preoccupation, a most regrettable error of judgement in the view of PierreCharles Levesque who in respect of the Voyage d' Auvergne will later remark: C'est la qu'on peut reconnoitre quels succes il auroit obtenus dans l'art d'ecrire, s'il n'avoit pas consacre sa vie presque entiere a l'etude de productions barbares. 176 apparently proving equally popular. -J. ). ). 175 Journal de Monsieur, 1782, vol. III, p. 327. " THE LIFE AND WORK OF LE GRAND D'AUSSY 41 But was this such a mistake?
A Medievalist in the Eighteenth Century: Le Grand d’Aussy and the Fabliaux ou Contes by Geoffrey Wilson
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