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The Writer's Gift or the Patron's Pleasure?


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Introduction: Rethinking Literary Patronage in a Medieval Context

1. King Charles V’s Sapientia Project: From the Construction of the Louvre Library to the Books He Commissioned
2. The Writer’s Work: Translating Charles V’s Literary Clientelism into Learned Terms
3. Guillaume de Machaut’s Fictions of Engagement
4. Eustache Deschamps on the Duties and Dues of Poetry
5. The Pursuit of Sponsorship: From Christine de Pizan’s Troubled Dealings with Louis of Orléans to Marketing Nostalgia
6. The Curse of the Commission: Christine de Pizan on Sacrificing Charles V’s Biography


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Deborah McGrady is an associate professor of French at the University of Virginia.


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*Renaissance Quarterly*

"Deborah McGrady’s analysis of patronage practices during the last quarter of the fourteenth century and the first quarter of the fifteenth, as evidenced not only by authorial dedications and presentation miniatures but also archival records, texts themselves, and manuscript witnesses, offers keen insight into the politically fraught institution hiding behind the nostalgic idea of medieval mecenat."
* French Studies*

"Deborah McGrady’s rich, meticulously researched, and lucidly written monograph addresses this surprising gap in modern studies of late medieval book communities. She shows that the decades surrounding Charles V’s translation project constitute a crucial moment of change in medieval patronage practices, characterized by a tension between spontaneous artistic expressions freely offered by the poet and transactional commissions undertaken for the pleasure of the patron."
*H-France Review*

"The Writer’s Gift or the Patron’s Pleasure? Makes important contributions to the fields of literary studies, economic history, art history, and the history of the material text—it is a pleasure to read and a gift to the scholarly community."
*Speculum, Vol. 96, No. 2*

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