By Edward James

The 1st translation into English of lifetime of the Fathers, a set of twenty lives of saints which lives current a cross-section of the Gallic Church and are a counterpart to the secular society defined in Gregory's background of the Franks.

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23Robespierre the student is conventionally portrayed as unpopular with his Parisian schoolmates and socially withdrawn. ” Thus, the received account of Robespierre’s youth marks him as the talented provincial outsider and “hornme du peuple” destined to conquer Paris by virtue of his superior intellect and wiLZ4 Where, as intimated above, the childhood of a future heretic more or less conformed to the mythic paradigm, it would seem emphasized or embellished in his public biography. ” And in the opening chapters of their own testimonials to Pkguy, both Jean and Jtrome Tharaud, and Daniel HalCvy quote the same telling passage.

Peguy’s own autobiographical reflections were collected by his son 26 CHAPTER TWO modern France, Stendhal’s fictional allegory, encompassing both that fable and its revolutionary postscript, offers a synopsis of the master fiction as a whole-an archetype, in other words, of the hero and plot structure within which the myth of the heroic intellectual would seem to have been framed in modern France. Julien Sore1 must have appeared to the nineteenth-century French reader as nothing if not a postrevolutionary Jean-Jacques.

A Napoleonic soldier and official in his youth, Stendhal was at most, thereafter, a self-described “fanatical republican” who remained aloof nevertheless from political engagement and outspoken cultural radicalism. During his own lifetime, in fact, he was neither particularly well known nor widely read. ~~ Yet Stendhal’s oeuvre, both fictional and autobiographical, betrays an unmistakable and enduring debt to Rousseau-especially to La Nouvelle Hkloije, Emile, and Les Confessions. In fact, contemporary scholarship depicts a Stendhal ensnared despite himself within the Rousseauian web.

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