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Title :

Civilizing the savage and making a king : the royal entry festival of Henri II (Rouen, 1550)

Author :
WINTROUB, Michael ;
Publication year :
1998
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
This article analyzes the royal entry festival held for Henri II by the city of Rouen in 1550. It focuses on the entry's reproduction of a Brazilian village, which included 50 Brazilians. The conceptually indeterminate position of New World peoples in early modern France is used as a key to unlock the social and cultural narratives which organized the entry. Not simply displayed as curiosities, the Brazilians were scripted into the larger narrative of the king's entry. The well-known figure of Hercules (who also figured in the entry) plays a crucial role in understanding this narrative and the place that the Brazilians held within it. The identity of Hercules as an eloquent savage is used to analyze French perceptions of the Brazilians. The article aims to explicate the manner in which these cannibals came to mediate the interests and identities of those who wrote, organized and watched the entry. ;
Pagination/Size :
7 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Barbares ; Brésiliens ; Entrée ; France ; Henri II, roi de France, 1519-1559 ; Hercule ; Iconographie ; Rouen (FRA) ; 1500-1600 ; 1550 ;
Descriptors :
Barbarians ; Brazilians ; Entries ; France ; Henri II, king of France, 1519-1559 ; Hercules ; Iconography ; Rouen (FRA) ; 1500-1600 ; 1550 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
The Sixteenth century journal, 1998, 29, 2, summer
INIST identifier :
24994716 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0361-0160 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Truman State University Press, Kirksville, MO
Publisher country :
UNITED STATES ;