The Book of the Heart Seized by Love

Anjou, René de (1409–1480), translated by Kline, A. S. (contact-email)

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René of Anjou, ruling Anjou and Provence from 1434 to 1480 and Naples between 1435 and 1442, later lived in Aix-en-Provence, earning the moniker Good King René. A descendant of John II of France, his familial connections extended to French and English royalty, through his sister and daughter’s marriages. René’s cultural impact was significant; he was a patron of the arts, particularly the Early Netherlandish style, and reinstated the Order of the Crescent. His literary contributions include Le Mortifiement de vaine plaisance and Le Livre du Coeur d’Amour Épris, published in 1457, both emblematic of the transition to Renaissance thought and richly illustrated by court artist Barthélémy d’Eyck. He also promoted a translation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. His literary work, which blends verse and prose, is preserved in notable manuscripts in Vienna and Paris, reflecting his enduring cultural legacy.

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Kline, A. S.

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