Translating the Past: Laurent de Premierfait and Boccaccio's de Casibus


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In 1409 Laurent de Premierfait produced a French translation of Giovanni Boccaccio s "De casibus virorum illustrium," a fourteenth-century text containing cautionary historical tales that exemplify the corrupting effects of power. Richly illustrated copies of the translation, known as "Des cas des nobles hommes et femmes," became enormously popular, allowing for a consideration not only of how Boccaccio s Latin made its way into Laurent s French but also how the text was converted into visual images. In "Translating the ...

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