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Hélène Duccini

The Thirty Years’ War in France: Narratives and Representations

Le Temps des médias n°4, printemps 2005, p.

Though we are most familiar with the seventeenth-century Thirty Years’ War of the words of T. Renaudot and the prints signed J. Callot in their famous journal, Les Extraodinaires, there are alternative sources available to study the war: engravers. The engravers, contemporaries of Callot, adopted three types of representation: outlines and maps of battles and sieges, satirical images poking fun at the Spanish enemy and larger compositions of battle scenes, surrenders, deaths of important captains and depictions of the master of war and peace, the king. This “public voice” was marked by the desire to glorify the exploits of military leaders, some of which would command the forces during the ensuing French civil wars, the Fronde. DrapeauFrancais

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