The Beggar and the Professor by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie
A Sixteenth-Century Family Saga

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From a wealth of vivid autobiographical writings, Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie reconstructs the extraordinary life of Thomas Platter and the lives of his sons. With masterful erudition, Le Roy Ladurie deepens and expands the historical contexts of these accounts and, in the process, brings to life the customs, perceptions, and character of an age poised at the threshold of modernity.

"Le Roy Ladurie paints a remarkably contemporary picture of life in the sixteenth century. . . . It's a good story, told with a deft narrative touch."—Michael S. Kimmel, The Nation

"Le Roy Ladurie is a master of the representative detail and uses the Platters' lives as a means to see a whole century 'through a glass, darkly'."—The Independent

"Le Roy Ladurie has not only thoroughly sketched out the Platters' particular brand of gusto, he has also made it seem a defining characteristic of the sixteenth century."—The New Republic

"All [of] the drama and pathos of a Disney film."—Emily Eakin, Lingua Franca

About Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie

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Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie is the author of numerous books - including the immensely successful "Montaillou"and "Carnival" - and many articles. He is a researcher with a high international reputation, and the diversity of his work and range of his publications have made him one of the foremost specialists on France's monarchical period. Arthur Goldhammer is the translator for numerous books including Neoconservatism: The Biography of a Movement, Algerian Chronicles, The Society of Equals, and Capital in the Twenty-First Century. He received the French-American Translation Prize in 1990 for his translation of A Critical Dictionary of the French Revolution.
Published April 11, 1997 by University of Chicago Press. 416 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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etc.), Ladurie unearths a remarkable 16th-century life, deftly using personal narratives, memoirs, diaries, and the like to recreate a dense sensation of actual life (we learn that Felix wore a red silk doublet at his wedding, and the details of the menu, as well).

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There are some problems, particularly in lengthy sections on Felix's early life and on journeys to and from Montpellier, which can be too sketchy or too repetitive to really inform--especially given that much more could have been made of the journals of Thomas Platter Jr., the son born to Thomas ...

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Second, the social-professional networks of the Platter father and son are fascinating and important, though the author's overarching (and unsubstantiated) postulate that the Platters favored the medical profession primarily for its entrée to high society and wealth is undercut by Thomas's innate...

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