“Always toward absent lovers, love's tide stronger flows": Spiritual lovesickness in the letters of Anne-Marie Martinozzi

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/610427
Title:
“Always toward absent lovers, love's tide stronger flows": Spiritual lovesickness in the letters of Anne-Marie Martinozzi
Authors:
Hillman, Jennifer
Abstract:
In February 1654 Anne-Marie Martinozzi, a niece of Cardinal Mazarin, married Armand de Bourbon, prince de Conti. The newly-weds went on to experience almost concurrent pious conversions that would transform their social behaviour for the remainder of their lives. Shortly afterwards, Armand was posted to Northern Italy as commander of the French army, necessitating a six-month estrangement of the couple between May and October 1657. This article explores a corpus of “love letters” penned by the princess during this separation. It argues that Anne-Marie not only claimed to be suffering from “melancholy” as a result of her separation from her lover and spouse, but that she also constructed an image of herself as spiritually lovesick on account of her deprivation from her mentor and confidant. In doing so, this article sheds light on the centrality of co-penitents to the direction of spiritual lives in the aftermath of a pious conversion.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Hillman, J. (2015). “Always toward absent lovers, love's tide stronger flows": Spiritual lovesickness and melancholy in the letters of Anne-Marie Martinozzi. Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historiques, 41(2), 70-87. DOI: 10.3167/hrrh.2015.410206
Publisher:
Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historiques
Publication Date:
1-Jul-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/610427
DOI:
10.3167/hrrh.2015.410206
Additional Links:
http://www.berghahnjournals.com/view/journals/historical-reflections/41/2/historical-reflections.41.issue-2.xml
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a published work that appeared in final form in Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historiques. To access the final edited and published work see http://www.berghahnjournals.com/view/journals/historical-reflections/41/2/hrrh410206.xml
EISSN:
1939-2419
Appears in Collections:
History and Archaeology

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dc.contributor.authorHillman, Jenniferen
dc.date.accessioned2016-05-20T14:29:57Zen
dc.date.available2016-05-20T14:29:57Zen
dc.date.issued2015-07-01en
dc.identifier.citationHillman, J. (2015). “Always toward absent lovers, love's tide stronger flows": Spiritual lovesickness and melancholy in the letters of Anne-Marie Martinozzi. Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historiques, 41(2), 70-87. DOI: 10.3167/hrrh.2015.410206en
dc.identifier.doi10.3167/hrrh.2015.410206en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/610427en
dc.descriptionThis document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a published work that appeared in final form in Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historiques. To access the final edited and published work see http://www.berghahnjournals.com/view/journals/historical-reflections/41/2/hrrh410206.xmlen
dc.description.abstractIn February 1654 Anne-Marie Martinozzi, a niece of Cardinal Mazarin, married Armand de Bourbon, prince de Conti. The newly-weds went on to experience almost concurrent pious conversions that would transform their social behaviour for the remainder of their lives. Shortly afterwards, Armand was posted to Northern Italy as commander of the French army, necessitating a six-month estrangement of the couple between May and October 1657. This article explores a corpus of “love letters” penned by the princess during this separation. It argues that Anne-Marie not only claimed to be suffering from “melancholy” as a result of her separation from her lover and spouse, but that she also constructed an image of herself as spiritually lovesick on account of her deprivation from her mentor and confidant. In doing so, this article sheds light on the centrality of co-penitents to the direction of spiritual lives in the aftermath of a pious conversion.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherHistorical Reflections/Reflexions Historiquesen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.berghahnjournals.com/view/journals/historical-reflections/41/2/historical-reflections.41.issue-2.xmlen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en
dc.subjectSpiritual Directionen
dc.subjectLovesicknessen
dc.subjectMelancholyen
dc.title“Always toward absent lovers, love's tide stronger flows": Spiritual lovesickness in the letters of Anne-Marie Martinozzien
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn1939-2419en
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
dc.date.accepted2013-12-01en
or.grant.openaccessYesen
rioxxterms.funderBritish Academyen
rioxxterms.identifier.projectBritish Academy Postdoctoral Fellowshipen
rioxxterms.versionAMen
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2016-07-01en
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