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The Joyful Companies Of The French-Speaking Cities And Towns Of The Southern Netherlands And Their Dramatic Culture (Fifteenth–Sixteenth Centuries)

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For three hundred years, from 1486 to 1788, the Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady in the French city of Rouen organized a yearly poetry contest, called a Puy, in celebration of their chosen devotion. The contest was held on the first Sunday after the feast of the Immaculate Conception, December. This chapter attempts to fill that gap by providing a concise history of the confraternity and its role within Rouen, in the context of Rouen's general history and the development of an urban cultural milieu in France. The secret of the Puy's longevity lay in its ability to adapt and change according to the shifting currents of urban cultural sociability, transforming from a pious confraternity of the fifteenth century to a literary academy of the eighteenth, with many mutations along the way.

Keywords: Puy's longevity; Rouen; urban cultural sociability

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