Maternal Consolatio in Antoine de la Sale’s Le Réconfort de Madame de Fresne

  • Catherine E. Léglu
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


This chapter examines the generic and narrative treatment of a fifteenth-century consolation with emphasis on the depiction of aristocratic feminine protagonists and addressees.


Maternal Role Maternal Emotion Royal Court Medieval Literature Narrative Treatment 
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