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

Pollie Bromilow (University of Liverpool)
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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 the lesser nobility (Helisenne) and a man described as “de basse condition” (Guenelic).

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Citation: Bromilow, Pollie. "Les Angoysses douloureuses qui procedent d’amours". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 June 2008 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=24286, accessed 13 April 2024.]

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