Laughing Matters: Farce and the Making of Absolutism in France by ProQuest

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Professor Beam's book is wide in chronological scope, ranging from the mid-fifteenth century until the reign of Louis XIV, treats literary and historical sources even-handedly, and offers a timely, lucid discussion of the complex relationship between comic forms (farce, sottises, morality plays, generically formal comedy) and contemporary politics and religion in early modem France.

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