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Mars transfiguré. Catherine de Médicis et le règne de la danse

Abstract : The courtyard of the Valois dwellings (1559-1589) is a place of great dance: the practice is to organize two or three balls a week, and a new form, court ballet, at the instigation of Catherine de 'Medici. The latter has the idea that dance disciplines the bodies and calms the minds and could thus be a means to appease the political tensions within the aristocracy. There is a great need at the heart of the wars of Religion, so much conspiracies, armed assaults, assassinations, vendettas, and hatreds are the everyday life of the nobility. This article thus wishes first to analyze this link between dance and pacification in the court of Catherine de Medici: how is it put into practice? Does it have visible effects? What are the actors, the spaces, the moments that express this monarchic desire to make dance the instrument of a domestication of the warriors? Our reflection also intends to examine particularly the reception given by the nobility of the Wars of Religion to this "duty to dance".
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Jérémie Foa, Matthieu Gellard. Mars transfiguré. Catherine de Médicis et le règne de la danse. Seizième siècle, Société française d'étude du XVIe siècle, 2016, La noblesse et les arts. ⟨hal-01446663⟩



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