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Succession in Barneville

8 August 2022

At the beginning of Madame d’Aulnoy’s fairy tale “The White Cat,” an aging and timorous king sets up a winner-take-all competition between his sons: “whichever of you three...

The first German translation of Les Contes des fées

21 February 2022

A longstanding scholarly consensus holds that German translations of Madame d’Aulnoy’s fairy tales did not appear until the second half of the eighteenth century, starting with...

Pierre-Daniel Huet in New York

31 December 2021

This year should not go by without a brief salute to Pierre-Daniel Huet (1630-1721), the Norman polymath who was one of the most brilliant and renowned intellectuals during the reign...

Madame d’Aulnoy and Monsieur le Premier

8 November 2021

As biographers have occasionally pointed out, Mme d’Aulnoy was related on the maternal side to one of the most prominent families at the French royal court, the Beringhens. Her mother...