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This book sets the scene for the reinterpretations and explorations of the ways William Shakespeare and his contemporaries worked mythological material on their looms. In Ovid, each text leaves a trace in the others, introducing an enriching leaven that expands the text. Reading Holinshed's efforts to place Samothes or Brutus on England's family tree, one feels sorry for those chroniclers who had to reconcile a variety of founding tales and defend mutable causes. Founding myths need a renowned ancestor; warlike feats; identification with a territory, continuity, purity of blood; and someone to tell the story: fame must be recorded by pen if it is to survive marble monuments. The book discusses the Trojan matter of King John, which powerfully structures and textures the scenes of the siege of Angiers and, more specifically, the tragic fates of Constance and Arthur. It also considers some metamorphoses of Shakespeare and Ovid. The book reiterates imaginative association, influence, historically diachronic descent study, as evidenced in that kind of critical work that finds in a keyword an attractive pretext for projecting an author's particular interest or, a critic's. Yves Peyré's work opens perspectives on post-Shakespeare reworkings and Shakespearian myths that were also explored during the ESRA conference and inspired a separate collection of essays, Mythologising Shakespeare: A European Perspective.

Tales of origins in medieval and early modern France and England
Dominique Goy- Blanquet

Reading Holinshed’s efforts to place Samothes or Brutus on England’s family tree, or Nicole Gilles’s juggling with Paris the Trojan and the renaming of Lutèce, one feels sorry for those chroniclers who had to reconcile a variety of founding tales and defend mutable causes. The historian Marc Bloch recommends caution with the word ‘origin’: ‘In popular usage, an origin is a

in Interweaving myths in Shakespeare and his contemporaries
Samuel K. Cohn, Jr

parts of Languedoc well into the fifteenth century. I begin the presentation of documents on the Tuchins at their end in 1384 with the only chronicle description of them that I have foundtales from the cantor of Saint-Denis of their brutality, especially against churchmen [61] . On the other hand, the social dynamics of this movement, the web of personal rivalries, masculine bravado and insults

in Popular protest in late-medieval Europe