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Caroline Weber

Caroline Weber is working on a book about the three socialites on whom Proust based the Duchesse de Guermantes.

Courtly Love

Caroline Weber, 23 January 2014

‘A court without women,’ François I once proclaimed, ‘is like a year without springtime, like springtime without roses.’ By this measure, spring roses bloomed eternal in the châteaux of Renaissance France. From the mid-15th century, when Charles VII anointed Agnès Sorel, the country’s first maîtresse en titre, to the late 16th century, when...

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