Azalaïs: ou la Vie courtoise by Maryse Rouy

By Maryse Rouy

Dans son foremost roman, Maryse Rouy revisite pour nous les couloirs du temps et nous fait découvrir l. a. vie de cour au XIIe siècle. Très documenté, son récit nous entraîne à l. a. suite d’Azalaïs, une jeune suivante à l. a. 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 kind 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 excellent 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 l. a. 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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