This study explores a crucial moment in the history of European selfhood. During the 17th century, French nobles began to understand their lives in terms of personal histories and inner qualities, rather than as the products of tradition and inheritance. This preoccupation with the self accompanied a critical view of society, monarchy and Christian teachings. It also shaped a new understanding of political realities and personal relations. Drawing from a combination of memoirs, literary works and archival sources, Jonathan Dewald offers a new understanding of aristocratic sensibilities. In detailed fashion, he explores the nobles' experience of war, career, money, family, love and friendship. In all of these areas, nobles felt a gap between social expectations and personal needs; in the 17th century this tension became increasingly oppressive. Modern French culture, Dewald argues, emerged from this conflict between tradition and the individual's inner life.
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Descrizione libro University of California Press, 1993. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0520078373
Descrizione libro University of California Press, 1993. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110520078373