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By Mancini, Marie; Nelson, Sarah; Mancini, Hortense Mancini

The memoirs of Hortense (1646–1699) and of Marie (1639–1715) Mancini, nieces of the robust Cardinal Mazarin and individuals of the courtroom of Louis XIV, characterize the earliest examples in France of memoirs released by way of girls lower than their very own names in the course of their lifetimes. either unhappily married—Marie had additionally fled the aftermath of her failed affair with the king—the sisters selected to depart their husbands for all times at the highway, a lifestyles fairly infrequent for girls in their day.

Through their writings, the Mancinis sought to rehabilitate their reputations and reclaim the precise to outline their public photos themselves, instead of go away the tales in their lives to the intrigues of the court—and to their disgruntled ex-husbands. First translated in 1676 and 1678 and credited mostly to male redactors, the 2 memoirs reemerge the following in an available English translation that chronicles the beginnings of women’s rights to private independence in the confines of an differently circumscribed early glossy aristocratic society.

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Apologie, ou les véritables mémoires de Marie Mancini, Princesse Colonna. ] Ed. Georges d’Heylli. Paris, 1881. ———. La Vérité dans son jour. Ed. Patricia Francis Cholakian and Elizabeth C. Goldsmith. Delmar, NY: Scholars’ Facsimiles and Reprints, 1998. Mancini, Hortense, and Marie Mancini. Les Illustres Aventurières, ou Mémoires d’Hortense et de Marie Mancini. Ed. Pierre Camo. Paris: Jonquières, 1929. ———. Mémoires d’Hortense et de Marie Mancini. Ed. Gérard Doscot. Paris: Mercure de France, 1965, 1987, 2003.

As for capitalization, I have generally followed the French texts. I have left names, titles of nobility and of office, and forms of address in French, in exactly the forms that the authors use (even when the people to whom they refer are not French), except for certain offices for which the French and English words differ enough so that a reader who speaks no French would not understand without translation. ” Finally, for place names I have used English forms for well-known cities and regions (Rome, Turin, Brittany), but for less widely known places I have used the modern form of the name in the language of the place itself.

The Apology: or, The Genuine Memoires of Madam Maria Manchini, Constabless of Colonna, eldest Sister to the Duchess of Mazarin. London: J. Magnes and R. Bentley, 1679. ———. Apologie, ou les véritables mémoires de Marie Mancini, Princesse Colonna. ] Ed. Georges d’Heylli. Paris, 1881. ———. La Vérité dans son jour. Ed. Patricia Francis Cholakian and Elizabeth C. Goldsmith. Delmar, NY: Scholars’ Facsimiles and Reprints, 1998. Mancini, Hortense, and Marie Mancini. Les Illustres Aventurières, ou Mémoires d’Hortense et de Marie Mancini.

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