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Lire entre les lignes: le Discours au vray du Ballet danse par le roi et l'habit de flames de Louis XIII

Canova-Green, Marie-Claude. 2017. Lire entre les lignes: le Discours au vray du Ballet danse par le roi et l'habit de flames de Louis XIII. XVIIe siecle, 276, pp. 509-520. ISSN 0012-4273 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

A revisionist interpretation of the part danced by King Louis XIII in this 1617 court ballet.

This paper explores the different meanings of the king’s performance as a fire demon in the Ballet de la Délivrance de Renaud, which was danced at court on January 29, 1617, on the eve of the coup d’état of April 24. A symbol both of love and purification, anger and punitive justice, the fiery costume worn by Louis XIII seemed to suggest an absolutist and voluntarist program of government based on a personal ethics of moderation more than it heralded the imminent execution of the maréchal d’Ancre.

Item Type:

Article

Keywords:

Louis XIII, sovereignty, ballet, anger, vengeance, passion, fire, light

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Departments, Centres and Research Units:

English and Comparative Literature

Dates:

DateEvent
22 December 2016Accepted
2017Published

Item ID:

19532

Date Deposited:

26 Jan 2017 17:08

Last Modified:

14 Feb 2019 10:40

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/19532

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