The Memorial Lectures

Pierre de Ronsard

Cardinal Richelieu

François Rabelais

Niccolò Machiavelli

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Jaques Amyot

artist unknown

by Robert Nanteuil 1657

artist unknown

by Santi di Tito

by Thomas de Leu

by Léonard Gaultier








Francis I: born between two women, Louise de Savoie and Marguerite de Navarre

Robert Knecht 

Lecture 1       click to read


Assuming homosexuality: the correspondence between André Gide and Eugène Rouart

David Walker

Lecture 2       click to read


'Le plus gentil esprit qui soit apparu au monde depuis les derniers siècles' :
the popularity of Machiavelli in 16th Century

Sydney Anglo

Lecture 3       click to read


Lust in action: the faces of Phaedra

George Brandt

Lecture 4       click to read


Amyot and Montaigne: for copyright reasons this replaces the original lecture 'Caesar's cloak: diversion as an art of persuasion' accessible via this link.

Margaret McGowan

Lecture 5       click to read


Richelieu's exemplary theatre

Philip Tomlinson

Lecture 6       click to read


Bruscambille's comic curtain raisers: prologues and paradoxes in the early 17th Century Paris theatre

Annette Tomarken

Lecture 7       click to read


Patterns of coherence in Ronsard’s Hynne de Calays et de Zethés: the exploitation of parentheses and lunulae Used by kind permission of the Publishers from 'The exploitation of parentheses and Lunulae in Ronsard's Hynne de Calays et de Zethés', in "Book and Text in France, 1400-1600" eds. Adrian Armstrong and Malcolm Quainton  (Farnham etc.: Ashgate, 2007).  Copyright © 2007. Link to the original publication sales page.

Malcolm Quainton

Lecture 8       click to read


Actors, playwrights and lawyers:
the contribution of notarial documents to 17th Century French theatre history

Alan Howe

Lecture 9       click to read


Translating the Psalms in 16th Century Europe (Plus downloadable handout)

Catherine Reuben

Lecture 10     click to read

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Marot, Deschamps and the Five hundred and ninety-two Squirrels

Christine Scollen-Jimack

Lecture 11     click to read


Drama and Performance in the 'Satyre Menippée' of 1594

Pauline Smith

Lecture 12     click to read


'Fay ce que voudray': the ideal community and the problem of evil from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment

Peter Jimack

Lecture 13     click to read


Renaissance poetry and polyphonic music ; the examples of Clement Marot

Dick Wursten

Lecture 14     click to read
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