Helisenne de Crenne: Les Angoysses douloureuses qui procedent d’amours [The Torments of Love]

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  • Pollie Bromilow (University of Liverpool)

Helisenne de Crenne's novel Les Angoysses douloureuses qui procedent d'amours is the most widely-read and studied of the author's works. It appeared in 1538 with the Parisian printer Denis Janot and signalled the start of a collaboration between the author and printer which would endure throughout the publication of her works. Janot, a printer and bookseller with a reputation for producing high-quality illustrated works for leisure reading was an obvious choice for a female author who wanted to expand her literary renown.

The work is part sentimental novel, part chivalric romance and it charts the progress of a transgressive but never consummated love affair between a married provincial woman of …

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Bromilow, Pollie. "Les Angoysses douloureuses qui procedent d’amours". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 June 2008
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