The Problem of Unbelief in the Sixteenth Century: The Religion of Rabelais (Paperback)
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The Problem of Unbelief in the Sixteenth Century: The Religion of Rabelais (Paperback)

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Paperback 528 Pages / Published: 31/01/1985
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Lucien Febvre's magisterial study of sixteenth century religious and intellectual history, published in 1942, is at long last available in English, in a translation that does it full justice. The book is a modern classic. Febvre, founder with Marc Bloch of the journal Annales, was one of France's leading historians, a scholar whose field of expertise was the sixteenth century. This book, written late in his career, is regarded as his masterpiece. Despite the subtitle, it is not primarily a study of Rabelais; it is a study of the mental life, the mentalite, of a whole age.

Febvre worked on the book for ten years. His purpose at first was polemical: he set out to demolish the notion that Rabelais was a covert atheist, a freethinker ahead of his time. To expose the anachronism of that view, he proceeded to a close examination of the ideas, information, beliefs, and values of Rabelais and his contemporaries. He combed archives and local records, compendia of popular lore, the work of writers from Luther and Erasmus to Ronsard, the verses of obscure neo-Latin poets. Everything was grist for his mill: books about comets, medical texts, philological treatises, even music and architecture. The result is a work of extraordinary richness of texture, enlivened by a wealth of concrete details-a compelling intellectual portrait of the period by a historian of rare insight, great intelligence, and vast learning.

Febvre wrote with Gallic flair. His style is informal, often witty, at times combative, and colorful almost to a fault. His idiosyncrasies of syntax and vocabulary have defeated many who have tried to read, let alone translate, the French text. Beatrice Gottlieb has succeeded in rendering his prose accurately and readably, conveying a sense of Febvre's strong, often argumentative personality as well as his brilliantly intuitive feeling for Renaissance France.

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674708266
Number of pages: 528
Weight: 771 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
One of the most seminal works of history published this century... Febvre's book remains exemplary. * Times Literary Supplement *
Febvre's extraordinarily wide, first-hand knowledge of sixteenth-century France makes this still one of the best introductory books for students of the Renaissance, and not only students of French literature and history (hence the usefulness of an English translation)... The translation, by Beatrice Gottlieb, is excellent. * New York Review of Books *
Lucien Febvre's magisterial study of sixteenth-century religious and intellectual history is a modern classic. Febvre, founder with Marc Bloch of the journal Annales, was one of France's leading historians. This book, written late in his career, is regarded as his masterpiece. * New York Review of Books *

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