By Emil Cioran
De l. a. France fut écrit en roumain en France, en 1941. Cioran trentenaire, auteur de cinq livres, aime avec scepticisme, déteste avec amour et joue de los angeles plume avec maestria.
Le portrait qu’il fait de los angeles décadence de los angeles France est d’autant plus cinglant, qu’il est dramatiquement actuel.
Ce texte émaillé de mots en français, laisse percevoir le tournant dans l’écriture de Cioran, qui décide quelques années plus tard d’abandonner l. a. langue roumaine.
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It was given in 1557 to François, duke of Guise; in 1561 to Anthony of Bourbon; and in 1588 to Henri, duke of Guise. During the League the duke of Mayenne became Lieutenant-général of the state and Crown of France. Livre The principal money of account in sixteenth-century France. 1 livre = 20 sous; 1 sou = 12 deniers; worth about two English shillings. Mignon A term of abuse, implying effeminacy, for one of Henry Ill’s favourites. It may be translated as ‘pet’ or ‘darling’. Office A permanent government post (as distinct from a commission, which was temporary).
He also needed to be a good public speaker and his private life had to be above reproach. Once he had passed all these tests, he was given a letter accrediting him to a particular church in France. Missionaries were always allocated in response to a formal request from a local church. Thus the first missionary, Jacques l’Anglois, was sent because the faithful of Poitiers had asked for ‘an upright man to administer to them the word of God’ (Kingdon, 1956: 32). Once a missionary had been assigned to a church, he prepared for his journey.
For a time it looked as though Huguenots would take over the court itself. It became fashionable among courtiers to attend a Protestant sermon. In the south, Calvin’s lieutenant Pierre Viret toured the cities: wherever he passed, Huguenots came into the open and provoked riots. Meanwhile, many lay exiles, including nobles, returned to France from Geneva on secret missions. In March 1560 the second national synod, held at Poitiers, prepared for political action at the next meeting of the Estates-General: it drew up a memorandum casting doubt on the right of the Guises to serve as the king’s advisers and appointed a group of representatives to work secretly at court.