Alain Chartier

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Chartier, Alain


Born circa 1385, in Bayeux; died circa 1433, in Avignon. French poet.

Chartier was secretary to King Charles VII. As a diplomat, he visited many countries, including Italy. In ballades and rondeaux and in such narrative poems as The Book of the Four Ladies (1424) and La Belle Dame sans merci (1424), Chartier surmounted the linguistic conventions of late medieval love lyrics.

Chartier’s political tracts The Quadrilogue Invective (1422) and The Curial (mid-1420’s) sharply and eloquently addressed France’s problems, especially the decay of the nobility and the suffering of the people, who bore the brunt of the Hundred Years’War of 1337–1453.


Le Quadrilogue invectif. Paris, 1923.
La Belle Dame sans merci et les poésies lyriques. Paris, 1945.


Istoriia frantsuzskoi literatury, vol. 1. Moscow-Leningrad, 1946. Pages 178–79.
Hoffman, E. J. Alain Chartier, His Work and Reputation. New York, 1942.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Scala is not interested in interrogating or refining Lacan's major premises, or developing any bridgework between his system and medieval theories of the sign, such as those of Augustine or Alain Chartier; the text is founded on a conviction that Lacan provides the key by which Chaucer can be decoded.
Swift refers to late medieval French writing, including that of Andre de La Vigne, Jean Molinet, Octavien de Saint-Gelais, Jean Lemaire, Alain Chartier, and Francois Villon, with meticulous translations.
Julio Martin), el Cuadrilogo invectivo de Alain Chartier (en edicion de Clara Pascual-Argente) o las Vidas paralelas de Leonardo Bruni (en edicion de Elisa Borsari).
1528), and the anticourt Curial of Alain Chartier (1483, 1549), each of which follow the pattern of catenary translation.
Two further texts can be located: the copy of the Adevineaux amoureux in the BnF now shelfmarked Res Ye 186, with Leonard Thomas's signature on its second and final folios, and the copy of Alain Chartier's Quadrilogue invectif now held by the Openbare Bibliotheek, Bruges (hereinafter cited as OB), containing his signature on its final folio.
Debate and Dialogue: Alain Chartier in his Cultural Context.
Un'appendice interessante a questo saggio dimostra come un'opera attribuita ad Alain Chartier sia invece di Ortensio Lando e come attraverso una traduzione francese arrivi nel mondo inglese.
Dumas claims, in his preface to Charles VII, to have sought to "faire une oeuvre de style plutot qu'un drame d'action: je desirais mettre en scene des types plutot que des hommes...." Thus while borrowing the bare bones of his subject from the Chronique du roi Charles VII, by medieval writer Alain Chartier, he drew inspiration from the works of Racine for the form of his play.
Her body, fleshed out in Ronsard's poem from earlier models in Alain Chartier and Christine de Pizan and the figure that Du Bellay coined in the name of "France, mere des arts" in one of the celebrated sonnets of the Regrets (1558), insists that the spirit of nation and of appurtenance is conveyed through an erotically changed maternal object, the mother whom one protects and admires but also the person who arouses desire at the drop of a hat.
Hitherto the poets of only three of Binchois's chansons were known: Charles d'Orleans, Christine de Pisan and Alain Chartier. Too late to incorporate in his magnificent facsimile edition of Oxford, Canonici Misc.