Croniques et conquestes de Charlemaine : tradition et originalité

Abstract : In CRONIQUES ET CONQUESTES DE CHARLEMAINE (completed in 1458), David AUBERT, born of erudite civil servants working for the court of Burgundy, compiles chronicles and chansons de geste about Charlemagne. His work was seen for a long time as a collection of heterogeneous texts, illustrating the literature of Philippe LE BON's court, praising chivalrous values destined to disappear. In spite of rather dull appearances initially, David AUBERT proves himself to be an exacting author.He sets his work on a solid foundation and secures the coherence of the text thanks to his art of the conjointure and by never losing sight of his subject, Charlemagne. His prose is varied, it remains largely concise, even energetic, and it can also become intensely rythmical, majestically musical. His diverse style makes him a writer of his own. But what makes him all the more original is his attitude towards his sources. He treats them casually, resorts to innovations while drawing on traditional epic sources, thus appealing to the reader with a new reading style full of connivance. This call to the reader sheds new light on his work, stressing, beyond the disenchantement and melancholy of a bygone chivalrous era, a new claim to the pleasure of reading based upon complicity between the author and the reader.
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Valérie Croquez. Croniques et conquestes de Charlemaine : tradition et originalité. Littératures. Université Nancy 2, 2008. Français. ⟨NNT : 2008NAN21006⟩. ⟨tel-01777313⟩

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