THE FAIR IMPERIA
The Archbishop of Bordeaux had added to his suite
when going to the Council at Constance quite a good-looking
little priest of Touraine whose ways and manner of
speech was so charming...
The French novelist Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850) was the first writer to use fiction to convey the total social scene prevailing within one country at a particular period in its history. Common...
Had Balzac been a less masterful novelist, the disreputably profligate fraud in him might have overwhelmed his artistry. Still, the other Balzac, the artist, is tainted by his well-earned reputation f...