A church scene
of the fifteenth century
In 1479, on All Saints’ day, the moment at which
this history begins, vespers were ending in the cathedral
of Tours. The archbishop Helie ...
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...