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Azalaïs: ou la Vie courtoise by Maryse Rouy

By Maryse Rouy

Dans son most well known roman, Maryse Rouy revisite pour nous les couloirs du temps et nous fait découvrir los angeles vie de cour au XIIe siècle. Très documenté, son récit nous entraîne à los angeles suite d’Azalaïs, une jeune suivante à los angeles cour de Philippa, épouse du comte de Poitou et duc d’Aquitaine. Voilà donc un roman historique savammant dosé où l’époque médiévale nous est contée avec rigueur et dans un variety enlevant et où histoires, aventures et intrigues amoureuses se marient admirablement.

Autour de deux personnages qui ont profondément marqué leur époque, Guillaume IX d’Aquitaine, le most efficient troubadour, et Robert d’Arbrissel, le fondateur de Fontevraud, l’auteure a recréé, dans ses moindres détails, et pour notre plus grand plaisir, l. a. vie de cour du XIIe siècle. Sur fond de poésie courtoise, dans un cadre historique savamment reconstitué, elle a campé une héroïne imaginaire qui nous introduit dans un monde de femmes : celui de los angeles noblesse médiévale. À l’histoire d’Azalaïs, s’ajoutent celles de Philippa, de Mahaut, de Bieris… autant de façons de chercher le bonheur et une reconnaissance sociale dans un monde largement dominé par les valeurs masculines.

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We’ll cross that bridge together when he gets home. ” She paused and gazed into the distance, as if marshalling her next words together. “Cecilia is not Edgar Soames’s child. ” She grasped her sister-inlaw’s hands. “I am going to tell you a most amazing story. ” So, as Melanie sat speechless, Emily told her the story of the unusual man, George Brown. The paper company had brought him in, she said, to break the loggers’ strike of ’59. She knew these facts because she had overheard Edgar Soames and George Brown in conversation.

During one of those calls, he informed me that he’d married Emily. ” That was how he put it. I didn’t probe because I did not want to know. He called me at the beginning of summer, 1965. I happened to be home at the time – between jobs. I was going out in the field less and less these days. The years pile up on a man, times change. “George,” he said into the telephone. “I’m dying, George. ” So I went. I went for Edgar, but I went with hope in my heart knowing that Emily would be there. I was smarter this time.

By the time he was ten, it had climbed to fifty, and on through the years it rose each Christmas, until his eighteenth birthday, when his grandparents gave him a new car, a 1979 Plymouth Roadrunner. Junior had the opportunity to pick it out himself. He loved that marvellous car. Junior always noted disapproval on his parents’ faces when the older couple gifted their grandson. There was something else, too. Walt seemed jealous of the attention bestowed on his son. Over the years, during Christmas visits that barely lasted an hour, the adults never exchanged gifts or shared a meal.

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