Literary Medieval Criticism

Allegorical Bodies: Power and Gender in Late Medieval France by Daisy Delogu

By Daisy Delogu

Allegorical Bodies starts off with the paradoxical remark that whilst the royal directors of overdue fourteenth and early fifteenth-century France excluded girls from the royal succession throughout the codification of Salic legislations, writers of the interval followed the feminine shape because the allegorical personification of France itself. contemplating the function of woman allegorical figures within the works of Eustache Deschamps, Christine de Pizan, and Alain Chartier, in addition to within the sermons of Jean Gerson, Daisy Delogu finds how woman allegories of the dominion of France and the collage of Paris have been used to conceptualize, build, and look after buildings of energy in the course of the tumultuous reign of the mad king Charles VI (1380–1422).

An outstanding exam of the intersection among gender, allegory, and political inspiration, Delogu’s booklet highlights the significance of gender to the functioning of allegory and to the development of overdue medieval French identity.

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