112 / French Forum/Spring 2001/Vol. 26 No. 2 at hand . . ." (96). The book includes a particularly valuable discussion of reading as a memory exercise in narrative construction, and of theories of memory from Aristotle to Aquinas. Rothstein concludes with a discussion of the reasons why Amadis fell out of favor in the second half of the century as quickly as it had risen to prominence in the first half. Changes in readers' expectations, caused largely by the outbreak of the civil wars, meant that Amadis was regularly condemned for its lack of moral and practical purpose later in the century. These critiques focused specifically on the roman's representation of clandestine marriages (Rothstein is particularly lucid in her description of the scandal caused by the union of François de Montmorency and Diane, the daughter of Henri II, after Montmorency had clandestinely married another woman), and major changes in warfare techniques after the outbreak of the guerres de religion. As a whole, Reading in the Renaissance is an important scholarly work, which illuminates the significant yet nearly forgotten set of intellectual habits that must be reactivated in order for us to understand the quite foreign narrative practices
French Forum – University of Nebraska Press
Published: May 1, 2001
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