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The MaraisThe Story of a Quartier$
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Keith Reader

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789621044

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789621044.001.0001

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‘The poor and the well-to-do lived side by side in the same street’

‘The poor and the well-to-do lived side by side in the same street’

The Marais before the French Revolution

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(p.21) Chapter One ‘The poor and the well-to-do lived side by side in the same street’
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(p.iii) The Marais
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Keith Reader

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789621044.003.0002

An account of the Marais in its earliest days and during the time when it was the Paris headquarters of the nobility. The medieval coexistence of the splendiferous and the noisome is evoked, and the importance of the area for later literary figures such as Scarron and Madame de Sévigné is examined along with the work of the two great chroniclers of pre-Revolutionary Paris, Restif de la Bretonne and Louis-Sébastien Mercier – respectively voyeur and flâneur extraordinaire. Restif speaks warmly of a group of Jewish families he encountered, whereas Mercier, writing in the year before the Revolution, views the neighbourhood as a dismally staid backwater – a portent of the decline that lay in store.

Keywords:   Nobility, Middle Ages, Pre-Revolutionary Paris, Restif de la Bretonne and Louis-Sébastien Mercier

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