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Husbands Wives and Lovers
In this interdisciplinary exploration of the cultural and social history of early 19th-century France, Patricia Mainardi focuses on what was considered a major social problem of the time - adultery. In a period when expectations about marriage were changing, the problems of husbands, wives and lovers became a major theme in theatre, literature and the visual arts. The author demonstrates that this intense interest was historically grounded in the post-revolutionary collision between the new concept of the individual's right to happiness and the traditional prerogatives of family and state. duty or happiness more important? Are arranged marriages doomed to be empty of love and poisoned by adultery? Should adulterous wives and their lovers be punished while husbands may commit adultery with impunity? Out of such legal, social and cultural debates ultimately emerged modern bourgeois family values, Mainardi argues. And she illuminates how art, in all its varieties, both influences and is influenced by social change.
The End of the Salon
A 1993 study of the demise of the most important exhibition centre for art in Europe and America.
Spectacle de la Nature
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1763 edition. Excerpt: ... vast Resemblance between God and Man, when we descend to the small inconsiderable Works with which he most commonly busies himself? Is he not disgraced by Trades that require no Force nor Industry, such as Spinning and Sewing? One half of Mankind is contented with these despicable Operations. The Art of Spinning, far from deserving this Insult, is perhaps of greater Value than the Occupations of t'ie Philosophers that pass this Judgment. Here they may be beaten with their own Weapon. They all of them extol in their Metaphysics such Causes as produce very.great Effects with little Apparatus. Thus they think it proper, by one single Law of Motion, which they ca'l very simple without understanding it, to produce both Man and the Mushroom, the Structure and Propagation of which they are still less acquainted with: That is indeed producing a great deal at av.ry small Expence. Let us noiv apply their exquisite Rule to that Art which is the Object of their disdain. Two. or three Fingers pinch the last Threads of a Pack of Wool, Silk, or Cotton, of a sew Flocks of Wool, or of some sine Rinds of Trees hanging, up at the end of a Reed. The fame Fingers, aster havingtwisted and thickened these Threads into one, tie the End of it to a slight Piece of Wood, at the lowest Fart whereof they six a small Circle of baked Clay that will be removed when the Spindle is grown somewhat heavier by being charged with a greater Mass of Thread. That Wood being rolled gently between the Fingers of the right Hand, communicates the lame Turn to the Thread that sticks to. it, and disposes the Twists that are still separate to apply to one another, from the Necessity of turning all the fame Way. The Extremities of the Twists that come next prove to be perpetually...
Many historians, not least Winston Churchill, agree that The Great War was decided during the first month of fighting. Fortunately a young highly literate and talented British officer was superbly well placed to witness this historic period. Thanks to his fluent French Edward Louis Spears was sent in mid August 1914 to liaise between Field Marshal Sir John French and the French High Command. In the weeks that followed, events moved at lightning speed and decisions were made without consulting or informing their counterparts. It fell to Spears to update the British of their ally's moves. Without modern communication this often involved Spears traveling on clogged roads between head quarters. As the sole British representative at, first, HQ Fifth French Army and then Tenth Army, the influence of this 28 year old author was immense and Spears on many occasions proved unworried about speaking his mind. Clearly his efforts were appreciated; he was made a Chevalier de la Legion d'honeur and awarded the Military Cross (he was wounded four times). Churchill , who became a life long friend, wrote the Foreword to the original edition of this truly extraordinary account which anyone who wishes to understand the events of 1914 must read. AUTHOR DETAILS Edward Louis Spears was born in Paris on 7 April 1886. His supreme ability to speak fluent, accent- less French owes much to his upbringing. He joined the British Army in 1903 and was commissioned into 8th Royal Irish Hussars. His career was anything but conventional. His liaison assignment, described in this book, made him the first British Officer at the Front. He continued in a liaison role throughout the War and his range of high level French contacts proved invaluable if not universally popular. His subsequent career involved business interests at home and overseas. He was twice a Member of Parliament. Like his friend Winston Churchill he was strongly anti-appeasement. In 1940, Churchill appointed him his Personal Representative to the French Prime Minister and later to de Gaulle's Free French. He was knighted in 1942 and created a baronet in 1953. He died in 1974