European Characters In French Drama Of The Eighteenth Century (volume 35); By Harry Kurz, Ph. D.

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byHarry Kurz

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1916. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... French in the eighteenth century, we can now pass on to a study of our plays, in the hope that they will fill in the details, and build up for us a composite picture of the Englishman as he appeared to the French dramatists of the time and to their audiences. I--English Kings Our plays afford us some interesting pictures of the noble-born of England. We have lords, or the more usual milords, in their varied attitudes toward life. But our dramatists quite daringly present to us a brace of kings, though we must hasten to add that they had been long dead and therefore quite historical. One is Richard Cceur-de-Lion, dear to the hearts of the French to whom he was akin, and familiar because of his titular characterization. He looms up heroic in Sedaine's play,19 a figure of blended fact and legend. He is always referred to as "ce heros, ce grand homme." We find him languishing in prison in the Chateau de Lintz, in Germany, after his Holy Wars in Palestine. Blondel, his court-poet, in reality a French singer whom this legendary association with Richard has immortalized, finds his master in prison and frees him by an assault. Sedaine's musical play is a delightful staging of the Blondel legend and deserves the revival it has received. Richard Cceur-de-Lion is a very human king in spite of his greatness. We are a little startled at first to meet him as a prisoner, chafing impatiently at his chains not because of pent-up valor, but because he is separated from his lady-love. He sings as he gazes at her picture (II, 2): 19 Richard Cosur-de-Lion (1784). Si l'univers m'oublie, S'il faut passer ici ma vie, Que sert ma gloire, ma valeur? Douce image de mon amie, Viens calmer, consoler mon cceur, Un instant suspends ma douleur. Our great crusader mourns in this idyllic vein hi...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1916. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... French in the eighteenth century, we can now pass on to a study of our plays, in the hope that they will fill in the details, and bui...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:January 16, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217717748

ISBN - 13:9780217717748

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