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The genre of illustrious men – exemplary heroes and heroines from biblical, classical, and medieval history – was imported into France in the mid-sixteenth century during a period of civil unrest. It has since been characterized as a way to anchor a political regime during a period of flux. Join Abby Zanger as she looks at a 17th-century print folio gallery of illustrious men, which includes three women in its pantheon. How does this print object manipulate and transform a lost historical site to create less a lieu de memoire than a lieu de passage? Zanger has much to reveal about gender, allegory, history, and political representations in early modern Europe.

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