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Edition critique partielle de l'Histoire Universelle du Monde (livre 3 :"Description de l'Europe") de François de Belleforest

Abstract : This doctoral thesis is a critical edition of the third part of a François de Belleforest's Histoire Universelle du Monde (first edition 1570). Known primarily because of his translations of various works, Belleforest also authored numerous books on topics related to history and geography. The Histoire Universelle du Monde, and specifically the "Description de l'Europe" provide a particularly interesting piece of writing, as it foretells themes found in Belleforest's later works, throws light on the spirit of the Renaissance and illustrate the author's personal political and religious beliefs. Besides, it summarizes historical and geographical knowledge from the Renaissance era, informs us about the authorities used as references by scholars and identifies founding myths that continue to cause persistent controversy. Although Belleforest's text pretends to be a neutral account of events that occurred in Europe from Antiquity to the sixteenth century and is presented as an objective description of its countries, it is in fact a display of militant Catholicism and nationalism. This thesis includes the full emended and annotated text of the "Description de l'Europe". It also contains three bibliographies, a commentated index of specific authorities quoted by Belleforest, a glossary and an introduction. The latter intends to introduce the life and works of Belleforest, and examines his intentions for having written this book. The reader will become enlightened about the characteristics of Belleforest's writing style, the Renaissance era grammatical difficulties, and the essential rules of language that governed the edits in this thesis.
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Edith Bissat. Edition critique partielle de l'Histoire Universelle du Monde (livre 3 :"Description de l'Europe") de François de Belleforest. Littératures. Université de Lorraine, 2012. Français. ⟨NNT : 2012LORR0299⟩. ⟨tel-01749288⟩



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