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From Historical Invention To Literary Myth: Ambivalences And Contradictions In The Early Modern Reception Of The Franco-Trojan Genealogy

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This chapter addresses the ambivalent and paradoxical reception of a medieval historical theme, the Trojan genealogy of the Franks, in what one might see as two different fields of early modern culture-history and literature. The apparent paradox in the reception of the Franco-Trojan genealogy could therefore find its ultimate explanation in the mixed references to classical and medieval sources in the humanist practice of history. The chapter explores the survival process of what one could call a historical myth between the Middle Ages and the early modern period. It investigates the similarities and differences between history and literature at a time when generic borders were still shifting. Such investigation sheds light upon the role devoted to medieval sources in each field and practice, as well as upon the articulation between this case of thematic continuity and the larger issue of medievalism.

Keywords: ambivalent reception; early modern period; Franco-Trojan genealogy; medieval historical theme; medievalism



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