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The Torments of Love

Hélisenne de Crenne (Marguerite Briet)
Edited and with an introduction by Lisa Neal
Lisa Neal
Steven Rendall
Copyright Date: 1996
Edition: NED - New edition
Pages: 240
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5749/j.cttttx5q
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    The Torments of Love
    Book Description:

    This autobiographical novel of a married woman’s passion for a younger man is the first translation into English of a landmark text. Originally published in 1538, The Torments of Love tells a colorful tale of adulterous love and romantic adventure from a woman's point of view.

    eISBN: 978-0-8166-8733-6
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. vii-viii)
  4. Introduction
    (pp. ix-4)

    In 1538 a Parisian publisher, Denis Janot, printed a volume titledLes Angoysses douloureuses qui precedent d’amours(translated here asThe Torments of Love). Before 1560 no fewer than eight complete editions of this work appeared, and between 1538 and 1541, Hélisenne de Crenne published three other works, two of which present variations on the basic plot ofThe Torments of Love, one in an epistolary format, and the other as an allegory.¹ Hélisenne clearly enjoyed a certain literary success in the first half of the sixteenth century. However, from then until the early years of the twentieth century, relatively...

  5. Part One Epistle to the Reader
    (pp. 5-74)

    The torments and tribulations of the wretched (as I think and imagine) are diminished when one is able to reveal them to some faithful friend. Because I am certain, for my part, that ladies are naturally inclined to be compassionate, it is to you, noble ladies, that I wish to communicate my extreme suffering. For I believe my misfortune will move you to shed a few tears of pity that will somewhat cool my burning pain. Alas! When I remember the afflictions with which my sad heart has been, and still is, continually troubled by my boundless desires and amorous...

  6. Part Two The Second Part of The Torments of Love
    (pp. 75-154)
    De Crenne

    Having shown you, benevolent readers,² the vehement passions that sensual love can cause in the tender and delicate hearts of women in love, I have conceived the desire to narrate and recite to you the calamities and extreme miseries young men may suffer as a result of indiscreet love. While I was occupied with this meditation, I recalled to memory another occasion that stimulates me even more strongly to prepare my trembling and feeble hand to take up once again the quill I relinquished. You must believe I am moved by an aspiring desire to divulge and make clear some...

  7. Part Three The Third Part of The Torments of Love
    (pp. 155-202)
    De Crenne

    In my humble opinion, O noble readers, there is in this world no vice more enormous and detestable than the sin of ingratitude, which I deem the origin of all the others. For if the first man had not been ungrateful toward the one who is author of all—from whom he had received so many benefits—he would not have succumbed to the deadly, sinful fall whence proceeds the contamination of all his posterity. For this reason, and in consideration thereof, if it is possible for me to do so, I wish to prevent myself from being stained by...

  8. Bibliography
    (pp. 203-204)
  9. Back Matter
    (pp. 205-205)