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By Geoffrey Wilson

It is a typical trust that during France the learn of medieval literature as literature purely started to achieve acceptance as a legitimate career for the student through the 19th century. it truly is popular that historians of the 16th, 17th and eighteenth centuries regarded to the literary productions of the center a while for fabrics beneficial to their researches, however it is just lately that the striking frequency of this reference has been favored and that students became conscious of an unbroken culture of what may possibly top be defined as traditionally ori ented medievalism stretching from the 16th century to our personal. The eighteenth century has drawn the best variety of curious to this box, for it's obtrusive that the unusually broad researches undertaken then do a lot to give an explanation for the development made a century later by way of the main celebrated new release of medievalistst. Very slowly we're coming to determine the worth of the contribution made by way of little recognized schol­ ars like l. a. Curne de Sainte-Palaye, Etienne Barbazan and the Comte de Caylus.

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Second edition, vol. II, p. 65. First edition, p. 167. " cr. second edition, vol. II, pp. 85--86. cr. first edition, p. 116. THE LIFE AND WORK OF LE GRAND D'AUSSY 37 il faudrait un temple commun, dans lequel ils sacrifieraient aux graces, et nous aux sciences. 163 But the reader is never aware of any such imbalance and in reality Le Grand had just as little experience as a writer of descriptive prose, for which he had earlier lacked both opportunity and inspiration, as he had as a student of natural history.

150 Idem, p. " 151 Idem, pp. 306-307: "Combien de fois ai-je passe cinq ou six heures de suite avec un habit mouille de sueur! Combien de fois suis-je revenu avec des contusions & des dechirures! Dans les commencemens, I'ardeur emporte; on ne peut se contenir, on s'expose; & d'ailleurs on est un peu gauche au metier. En voulant casser une lave, je me suis emporte l'ongle du pouce. " 152 Idem, p. 308. 153 Idem, p. 27. THE LIFE AND WORK OF LE GRAND D'AUSSY 35 La commission intermediaire elle-meme, dans un memoire, qu'elle a presente en 1788 au ministere, pour demander un allegement a tant de maux, m'a fait l'honneur de me citer en temoignage, et de copier une partie de ce que j'en avais dit.

He cannot seriously hope to benefit from his failure a second time. His abortive efforts have been of no use whatsoever, ... fatras que je compte tellement pour rien que pour ce qui me reste a achever je ne veux pas meme voir la suite de sa compilation .... 84 Le Grand's position is greatly strengthened by the fact that he now feels himself able to decline Paulmy's offer of financial backing. He leads, he says, a very simple life and in any event, given that his collection of Fabliaux is successful, could probably raise any capital required for the new project through public subscription: Pour la derniere fois qu'il ne soit point entre nous question d'argent pour prix de mon travail.

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