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Les mémoires de Madame de Motteville : du dévouement à la dévotion

Abstract : When Louis XIII died, Madame de Motteville exiled by Richelieu in 1624, was called back to the Court. She lived the next 23 years at the side of Anne of Austria, and became her confident. During her free time, she wrote down her observations and reflexions. These notes form the basis of her Memories, the definitive version of which was written in 1661. I have chosen to travel down this path, in the steps of the confident, and watch as the Court passes before her eyes : the picture painted by Madame de Motteville offers the reader a pessimistic vision of a world in decline. If the Memories witness her profound attachment to the Crown, they are also the place where her personality is expressed. The writing constitutes an essential element of her existence. The reader travels through an historic biography to a personal story. Neither the life of the Court, neither her writing about it, can make her forget her anxiety about past times. Haunted by nostalgia for paradise lost, she renounces, little by little the world as she turns toward eternal truths... then disappears.
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Mélanie Aron. Les mémoires de Madame de Motteville : du dévouement à la dévotion. Littératures. Université Nancy 2, 1999. Français. ⟨NNT : 1999NAN21037⟩. ⟨tel-01776415⟩



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