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(1754—1793)

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chanson de geste

chanson de geste  

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A medieval French historical verse romance, typically one connected with Charlemagne. The phrase is French, and means literally ‘song of heroic deeds’, from chanson ‘song’ and geste from Latin gesta ...
Girart de Vienne

Girart de Vienne  

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Eponymous protagonist of OFr chanson de geste (c.1180), adapted (possibly by Bertrand de Bar-sur-Aube) from an earlier poem. Girart quarrels with Charles Martel in a burlesque tussle over a woman. ...
Girondins

Girondins  

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A member of a French political party whose main exponents came from the Gironde region. The Girondins were closely associated with the Jacobins in the early days of the French Revolution. They held ...
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Jean-Jacques Rousseau  

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(1712–78),French philosopher: stays in London (Chiswick) 1765–6, Wootton (Staffordshire) 1766; visits Ellastone 1766; said to have stayed in Nuneham Courtenay 1767. La Nouvelle Héloïse 1761, ...
Oliver

Oliver  

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The companion of Roland in the Chanson de Roland and one of the paladins, who at Roncesvalles finally persuades his friend to summon Charlemagne to their aid by blowing the ivory horn Olivant.See ...
Sainte-Pélagie

Sainte-Pélagie  

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This former convent near the Jardin des Plantes served as a prison from the Revolution to the end of the 19th c. Madame Roland wrote her memoirs here, and in ...
Stendhal

Stendhal  

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(1783–1842),French novelist and critic: stays in London (Covent Garden) 1817; reads in London park (Richmond); visits brothel in London (Lambeth) 1821. La Chartreuse de Parme 1839, Souvenirs ...

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