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Libertines and the Law: Subversive Authors and Criminal Justice in Early Seventeenth-Century France

Adam Horsley

Abstract

Following the assassination of Henri IV in 1610, the political turbulence of Louis XIII's early reign led to renewed efforts to police the book trade. Yet it also witnessed a golden age of 'libertine' literature, including a plethora of sexually explicit and irreverent poetry as well as works of free-thinking that cast doubt on the dogma of Church and State. As France moved towards absolutism, a number of unorthodox writers were forced to defend themselves before the law courts. Part I offers a conceptual history of libertinism, as well as an exploration of literary censorship and the mechanic ... More

Keywords: Libertine, Law, Literature, Subversion, France, Archives, Vanini, Théophile, Fontanier, Poetry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197267004
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197267004.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adam Horsley, author
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Exeter