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Disorderly Families: Infamous Letters from the Bastille Archives

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-Drunken and debauched husbands; libertine wives; vagabonding children. These and many more are the subjects of requests for confinement written to the king of France in the eighteenth century. These letters of arrest (lettres de cachet) from France's Ancien Regime were often associated with excessive royal power and seen as a way for the king to imprison political opponents. In Disorderly Families, first published in French in 1982, Arlette Farge and Michel Foucault collect ninety-four letters from ordinary families who, ...

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Disorderly Families: Infamous Letters from the Bastille Archives
2017, University of Minnesota Press

ISBN-13: 9780816695348

Hardcover

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