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 Almahide, ou l'esclave reine

(1,146 words)

Author(s): Screpanti, Filippo
‘Almahide, or the captive queen’ Mademoiselle de Scudéry Date: 1660 Original Language: French Description Almahide, ou l’esclave reine is the fifth novel written by Madeleine de Scudéry, probably in collaboration with her brother, Georges de Scudéry. Although unfinished, it was published under Georges de Scudéry’s name in eight volumes between 1660 and 1663 in Paris by Augustin Courbé, Louis Billaine, and Thomas Iolly. Unlike Scudéry’s other novels, Almahide did not have much success and was never reprinted. However, it was translated into English in 1675 by J.…

Jean de Thévenot

(598 words)

Author(s): Screpanti, Filippo
Date of Birth: 16 June 1633 Place of Birth: Paris, France Date of Death: 28 November 1667 Place of Death: Mianeh, Iran Biography Jean de Thévenot was a French traveller, amateur linguist and natural scientist. He was born in Paris on 16 June 1633. He received his education at the college of Navarre, and gained a passion for travelling from his uncle, the famous French Orientalist, traveller, diplomat and cartographer, Melchisédech (or Melchisédec) Thévenot (c. 1620-92). A member of a wealthy family, Thévenot had the m…

Madeleine de Scudéry

(687 words)

Author(s): Screpanti, Filippo
Mademoiselle de Scudéry Date of Birth: 15 November 1607 Place of Birth: Le Havre Date of Death: 2 June 1701 Place of Death: Paris BiographyMadeleine de Scudéry was born in Le Havre on 15 November 1607 to a minor noble Norman family. An orphan at age six, she received a solid education from her uncle, and after his death in 1637 she moved to Paris to join her older brother, the dramatist Georges de Scudéry. Through her brother, she was introduced to the literary salons of Paris and the circle of the Hôtel de Rambouillet…

 Ibrahim ou l'illustre bassa

(1,373 words)

Author(s): Screpanti, Filippo
‘Ibrahim, or the illustrious pasha’ Mademoiselle de Scudéry Date: 1641 Original Language: French Description Ibrahim ou l’illustre bassa was the first novel by Madeleine de Scudéry, written in collaboration with her brother, Georges de Scudéry. Although the evidence is inconclusive on this point, critics generally believe that Madeleine wrote much of the dialogues of the novel, whereas her brother provided the elements that served to create the historical background. The novel was published in Paris under the na…

Albert Jouvin

(192 words)

Author(s): Screpanti, Filippo
Albert Jouvin de Rochefort Date of Birth: Approximately 1640 Place of Birth: Unknown Date of Death: Approximately 1710 Place of Death: Unknown BiographyVery little is known about the life of Albert Jouvin de Rochefort. In his travel writing, he presents himself as a Catholic French nobleman, traveller and cartographer. Born around 1640, he travelled extensively throughout central, eastern and southern Europe during the 1660s, and visited the Middle East in 1670 or 1671. After his return to France, he published in 167…

 Le voyageur d'Europe

(1,675 words)

Author(s): Screpanti, Filippo
‘The European traveller’ Albert Jouvin de Rochefort Date: 1672 Original Language: French Description Le  voyageur d'Europe, où est le voyage de Turquie qui comprend la Terre Sainte et l’Egypte (‘The European traveller, containing the journey to Turkey, including the Holy Land and Egypt’) is an account of the travels of its author, Albert Jouvin de Rochefort, to the Middle East and Ottoman Empire during the mid-17th century. It was published in Paris in 1672 by Claude Barbin, dedicated to Simon Arnauld, Marquis de Pomponne, secretary of state to the king. It …

 Relation d’un voyage fait au Levant

(1,463 words)

Author(s): Screpanti, Filippo
The travels of Monsieur Thévenot into the Levant Jean de Thévenot Date: 1664 Original Language: French Description Relation d’un voyage fait au Levant , contenant diverses particularités de l’Archipel, Constantinople, Terre sainte, Égypte, des Pyramides, momies, des déserts d’Arabie, de la Mecque, etc. is an account of Jean de Thévenot’s travels in the Ottoman Empire in the mid-17th century. The book was published in Paris in 1664 by Louis Billaine. It is 575 pages long and is divided in two parts, of 74 and 95 chaptersrespectively. Its structure fol…