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Écrits pour l. a. plupart au xiiie siècle, les fabliaux sont des contes à rire, des récits courts et sans prétention symbolique, véritable contrepoint et contrepied de los angeles littérature courtoise. Ils racontent, avec un humour journey à travel cynique et tendre, des aventures plaisantes ou exemplaires, et mettent en scène des épisodes de los angeles vie quotidienne médiévale. C’est, ici, l’histoire d’un paysan trompé, là celle d’un savetier se vengeant du prêtre qui l’a fait cocu. Si les femmes n’ont pas toujours le beau rôle – elles sont avares, mégères et inconstantes –, elles apparaissent aussi d’une redoutable habileté... Histoires lestement contées où le discussion anime le scénario, les fabliaux nous invitent à découvrir un Moyen Âge déridé et souriant, dont on méconnaît parfois l’existence.

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R. Lloyd, Science, Folklore and Ideology: Studies in the Life Sciences in Ancient Greece (Cambridge, 1983), 135–49, and in Roger French, Ancient Natural History: Histories of Nature (London, 1994), chap. 5. 79 See Ann Blair, ‘Humanist Methods in Natural Philosophy: The Commonplace Book’, Journal of the History of Ideas 53 (1992), 541–51. See also the detailed account in her The Theater of Nature: Jean Bodin and Renaissance Science (Princeton, 1997). , 3 vols. 481–95. ) On the later history of commonplace books and their connection with natural science, see Richard Yeo, ‘Ephraim Chamber’s Cyclopedia (1728) and the Tradition of Commonplaces’, Journal of the History of Ideas 57 (1996), 157–75.

3 of the Preface). 90. 18 Francis Bacon and the transformation of early-modern philosophy tions of nature and an application thereof to a sense politic; taking the fundamental laws of nature, with the branches and passages of them, as an original and first model, whence to take and describe a copy and imitation for government. 90) Bacon’s aim is to shape political power around political understanding, and he will argue that this political understanding should ultimately take into account broader forms of knowledge, especially scientific knowledge.

J. Furnivall for the Early English Text Society (London, 1869). 40 Gilbert’s work is discussed in Rossi, Francis Bacon: From Magic to Science, 6–7, and in Farrington, Philosophy of Francis Bacon, 12–13. 41 The most convenient edition is John Dee, The Mathematicall Præface to the Elements of Geometrie of Euclid of Megara (1570), with an introduction by Allen G. Debus (New York, 1975). The translation was the work of Henry Billingsley – a merchant and later mayor of London – although Dee made a number of annotations to the translation, and corrected it in some places (The Elements of the Geometrie .

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