Polished Cornerstones of the Temple: Queenly Libraries of by Maria Luisa Lopez-vidriero

By Maria Luisa Lopez-vidriero

Based at the Panizzi Lectures given within the British Library in November 2004, The Polished Cornerstones of the Temple examines the impression of women's academic tasks on woman interpreting and ebook amassing within the royal courts of the eighteenth century.

Because monarchs are overseas figures who additionally supply a behaviour-model for his or her nationwide topics; they make very good case-studies for watching specific nationwide styles in the wider context of eu written tradition. the most a part of the examine is dedicated to exploring the libraries of 2 queens: Caroline of Ansbach (1638-1727), spouse of George II, and Elizabeth Farnese (1692-1766), spouse of Philip V. via evaluating and contrasting their nice collections, writer Maria Luisa Lopez-Vidriero strikes past Protestant-Catholic highbrow and spiritual adjustments and starts to outline a eu eighteenth-century woman literary canon.


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The library of Elizabeth Farnese, like that of Caroline ofAnsbach, develops from the theoretical principles of the Enlightenment and institutionalises Enlightenment culture. However, it puts forward a different model of eighteenth-century socialisation. Elizabeth's choice of authors and subjects is determined by her search for the legitimisation of the new concept of state. The programme of cultural Bourbonisation gives pride of place to certain categories of knowledge, and attempts to achieve their standardisation through the canons of national representation.

16 Female conversation was not only formed by words. Silence, which was a rhetorical resource as essential as the voice, had to be learned and was governed by a specific code. Actively saying nothing suited feminine gentleness; it was intelligent silence as opposed to the weakness of character and of intellectual upbringing represented by statuesque dumbness. When lips stopped moving, eyes must speak: the expression in a lady's eyes had to show that she was following the conversation and looking forward to the possibility of formulating a question.

Paper; 298 x 200 mm. 252v: ... en Madrid a veinte y uno de febrero de mil settezientos y sesenta. [Signed): Diego Sastre Navas. RB 11/305. Olim: VII-E-4 [2-D-4), fr. 159r-220v. 28 Antoine Caillot, op. cit. , 1809, p. 13. 29 Argenson de Paulmy, op. cit. Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de La Force, Bibliotheqlle de campaRne, ou Amusemens de I'esprit et du coeur ... La Haye, J. Neaulme, 1735-1752. 12 vols, frontispiece gr. par D. Coster. T. 1. Gustave Vasa, Histoire de SU/lde [par Melle de La Force). La Boucle de cheveux en levee, poeme heroi"-comique de M.

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