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Re-writing History to Celebrate the Forgotten Heroes

History can be resurrected from the dead, made alive in new ways and directions. History is what we make of it. We encourage you to blog about our true heroes from long ago who gave their lives for their people, for justice, for the generations to come, in the best way that they saw fit.

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Antoine de la Sale, Councils of Mad Youth

Antoine de la Sale (c. 1388–c. 1462), author of Petit Jehan de Saintre, climbed to the crater of a volcano in the Lipari Islands in 1407, leaving us with his impressions. "Councils of mad youth" were his stated reasons for going.

Petit Jehan de Saintre is based on a principle of ambiguity and incongruity; irony is present in it at all levels. It surfaces in the verbal battles between the characters, in the surprise reversals of their personalities, in the sudden, unexpected turns of events and even in a structural tranformation of the novel. This study constitutes a close reading of Le Petit Jehan de Saintre with emphasis on irony, used as a tool with which to uncover the text's possible meaning. The work can be viewed as an essentially ironic expression of La Sale's dismay before the gradual crumbling of the nobility's long-cherished feudal values at the close of the Middle Ages. In order to apprehend the many dissonances which signal the presence of irony in Le Petit Jehan de Saintre, the modern reader must have some knowledge of the time in which La Sale lived and of his perspective on life.

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