University of Tennessee Martin

FRENCH 350 (French Literature in Translation)

Dr. Lúcia Flórido


In this page you find many interesting links that will foster your understanding of each period studied in class.  Some will be directly related to France while others will provide a broader view of habits and characteristics of a moment in time. 


COURSEPACK: 16th century: Renaissance

COURSEPACK: 17th century

COURSEPACK: 18th century

WEBSITE: 19th century


The Middle Ages:

Map of France (1360)

Map of France (1429)

France in the Middle Ages (brief history)

The Holy Inquisition (brief history)

Feudalism, an explanation

The development of French culture (site with text and lots of image from the Bibliothèque Nationale)

Understanding Chivalry: Higgins Armory Museum

Rules of Chivalry and Courtly Love:  what is a knight?

Medieval life: health, clothing, homes, etc

The Plague and Medical Science

Food and drink and Inns and taverns

Facts and The Wheel of Fortune

Marriage customs

People of the Middle Ages and Calendar

The Cathedral of Amiens

The Cathedral of Notre Dame

The Mount Saint Michel

Medieval castles

Gothic painting

Illuminated manuscripts: Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry (explanation and images)

Painting in medieval France: various cultural aspects

The Cluny Museum (Musée National du Moyen Age)


Some Literary Works online:

The Song of Roland

The Roman de la Rose by Guillaume de Lorris et Jean de Meun (passages)

Lancelot or, The Knight of the Cart by Chrétien DeTroyes

Erec et Enide, by Chrétien DeTroyes


The Renaissance:


Loire Valley castles, France

King Francis I

Catherine de Medicis

Leonardo da Vinci and his museum


Why was St. Francis of Assisi an inspiration to Renaissance man?


Art: Classicism and Early Renaissance painting



Children and Families / Women

Social classes / Taverns

Food / Drink / Dining


Martin Luther

Marguerite de Navarre

Marguerite de Valois (Queen Margot)

Michel de Montaigne

Wars of Religion in France

Edict of Nantes and Revocation of the Edict of Nantes


Some Literary Works online:

Gargantua and Pantagruel, François Rabelais

Poems of Ronsard

Essays of Michel de Montaigne


XVIIth Century:

Louis XIV, the Sun King

Palace of Versailles and Official Versailles website


Commedia dell’Arte




La Fontaine

Madame de Lafayette

Cardinal Richelieu

Cardinal Mazarin


The Classical Period and Classicism

Marie de Gournay and Women writers

Baroque Art

Galileo and the Inquisition


Some Literary Works online:

The Princess of Clèves

Phèdre, by Racine

The Fables of La Fontaine

Reflections, by La Rochefoucauld


XVIIIth Century:

The Age of Enlightenment

Jean-Jacques Rousseau



Marie Antoinette and The Diamond Necklace Affair

The American and the French Revolutions

The French Revolution

The guillotine

Description of a typical town

Social order: the very rich and the very poor


Painting and the Age of Enlightenment


Some Literary Works online:


Discourse on the Origin of Inequality among Men, Rousseau


XIXth Century:

Napoleon I

Victor Hugo and Romanticism

Honoré de Balzac, Realism and The Human Comedy

Gustave Flaubert

Emile Zola and Naturalism

Dreyfus Affair

Madame de Staël and some quotes

Romantic Art




Some Literary Works online:

Notre Dame de Paris, by Victor Hugo

Madame Bovary, by Flaubert

The Magic Skin, Balzac