A Medievalist in the Eighteenth Century: Le Grand d’Aussy by Geoffrey Wilson

By Geoffrey Wilson

It is a standard trust that during France the examine of medieval literature as literature basically started to achieve attractiveness as a sound career for the coed in the course of the 19th century. it truly is renowned that historians of the 16th, 17th and eighteenth centuries regarded to the literary productions of the center a long time for fabrics precious 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 most sensible 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's obtrusive that the strangely broad researches undertaken then do a lot to provide an explanation for the development made a century later via the main celebrated new release of medievalistst. Very slowly we're coming to work out the worth of the contribution made by way of little recognized schol­ ars like los angeles Curne de Sainte-Palaye, Etienne Barbazan and the Comte de Caylus.

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But he promises that the task will be re114 Cf. the draft of one of Le Grand's irate letters to the Marquis, Ms. Paris, Arsenal 6588, fol. 87ro: "Or l'ordre que j'ai mis dans cette partie, les divisions et sous-divisions que j'ai imaginees pour sa distribution, tout cela est de moi; et en verite je n'y attache pas un grand merite. " lIS Journal de Monsieur, 1783, vol. I, p. 281. Cf. also, Annee Litteraire, 1783, vol. II, pp. 218-21 9. 116 L' Esprit des Journaux Franfais et Etrangers, May 1783, p.

It is as ifLe Grand would allow of no half measures. Having himself tasted of the delights offered by the study of natural history he would have others share in these delights and suggests that a "cabinet d'Histoire-naturelle" be established in each and every province of France, first and foremost in Auvergne " ... qui de toutes peut-etre est la plus riche en accidens & en singularites ... 1 49 But having made the suggestion he is not con147 148 149 First edition, p. 454. Idem, p. 493. Idem, p.

209. The third volume of the Correspondance contains an article on a one-act verse comedy "d'un certain M. Legrand" entitled La Rupture au Ie Malentendu (pp. 315-316). THE LIFE AND WORK OF LE GRAND D'AUSSY 29 F. THE EXCURSIONS TO AUVERGNE It was not until 1787 that Le Grand indulged himself with what was his first real excursion into the provinces since his arrival in the capital well over twenty years earlier. In that year he set out for Auvergne to visit the brother he so cherished, Pierre-Theodore-Louis-Augustin, then prior of the abbey of Saint-Andre in Clermont.

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