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Heurs et Malheurs d'une Famille Angevine et Vendeene 1754-1794 - Rene et Genevieve

Cours de Civilisation Francaise

By (author) Marjorie Biber, Rene Biber
Format: Paperback
Language: French
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 30th Nov 1993
Dimensions: h 190mm
ISBN-10: 0773419705
ISBN-13: 9780773419704
Barcode No: 9780773419704
This is a French civilization course in three parts to be used simultaneously. The first part is a novel, used as a springboard for the study of French history, literature, art, and music. It is based on original documents, depicting the life and adventures of a typical noble family in the province of Anjou during the last years of the Ancien Regime and the Revolution. Each chapter has notes of a general nature which follow the text; these notes also include the translation of some idioms and words not easily found in a pocket dictionary. The second part, a literary anthology, contains excerpts from the authors mentioned, discussed, or quoted by the protagonists, and from authors who wrote about the campaigns in the Vendee. They range from Cicero to Victor Hugo, including classics and 18th-century philosophers. The book illustrates the education and intellectual background of an average educated person of the 18th century, whether aristocrat or bourgeois. It also brings an understanding of the intellectual origins of the Revolution. The third part contains excerpts from 19th-century French historians such as Michelet and Guizot. The selected texts depict historical events mentioned in the novel. Some primary sources are also reproduced, such as texts of laws and speeches. The preface contains suggestions for the use of the course, while the appendix includes photocopies of certain documents to which the novel alludes, some relevant maps and genealogical charts, and photographs of portraits of Rene and Genevieve.

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