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The ClassicSainte-Beuve and the Nineteenth-Century Culture Wars$
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Christopher Prendergast

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199215850

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199215850.001.0001

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Romans, Gauls, and Franks

Romans, Gauls, and Franks

(p.181) 7 Romans, Gauls, and Franks
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The historical context of the debate was Roman Gaul at the time of the 5th-century Teutonic invasions, and the ideological fulcrum the competing claims of the Romanist and the Frankish narratives on the origins and ownership of liberty and sovereignty. The pro-Frankish narrative, of course, had a pedigree going back to the 16th century and Francois Hotman's ‘proto-republican’ Franco-Gallia, which, in a bid to contain the arbitrary exercise of monarchical power, hailed the Franks (along with the pre-Roman Gauls) as the bringers, or rather the restorers, of Teutonic liberty. This chapter examines French critic Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve's position regarding this debate.

Keywords:   Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve, classic, Franks, Romans, Gauls, France, literary criticism, Virgil, Jacques Nicolas Augustin Thierry, Claude Charles Fauriel

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