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Il caso della Princesse des Ursins a Roma (1675-1701): Tra separatezza e integrazione culturale

Abstract : When Marie-Anne de La Trémoille married prince Flavio Orsini, known for his Francophile sympathies, at Rome in 1675, she had already experienced exile, both in Spain and in Italy. In addition to French, she spoke Spanish and Italian fluently, and she benefitted from many protectors in Paris, Madrid, and Rome, upon whom she intended to call to consolidate her own position. She took advantage of the precedent set a few years previous in the Urbs by Maris Mancini, who had provided grist for the mills of Roman chronicles by showing off a " French way of life ", in strong contrast with the customs of the city. Marie-Anne de La Trémoille, who had inherited from her mother the tradition of Madame de Rambouillet, of the Hôtel d'Albret and of that of Richelieu, introduced into her apartment in the Pasquino Palace - an Orsini stronghold situated on the south side of the piazza Navona - the art of French-style conversation. From the correspondence which the lady produced during her frequent trips between Paris and Rome, which continued after her wedding, there constantly emerges a comparison between the two cities, both in the field of fashion and in that of the practices of social life and of music. Should one seek to emphasize the cultural transfers taking place between the two cities by means of the analysis of the noblewoman's tastes, it becomes clear that if, on the one hand, Marie-Anne tried to distinguish herself from the Roman ladies, for instance through her dress or behavior, on the other she chose Italian music without hesitation, employing Roman musicians and choosing Roman and Venetian works for her private concerts. This essay originates from the consultation of two archival collections : the Orsini Collection of the Capitoline Historical Archive, and the Lanta della Rovere Collection of the State Archive at Rome, which preserves the epistolary corpus produced by the lady during the period preceding her departure for Spain, and especially the letters written by Marie-Anne de La Trémoille to her husband until the latter's death in 1698, and those addressed to her younger sister Louise-Angélique de la Trémoille, who married Antonio Lante della Rovere in 1683. Only a part of the lady's letters, preserved in the Orsini Collection, has been published, and only some fifteen of those from the Lante Collection. All the rest is previously unpublished.
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Anne-Madeleine Goulet. Il caso della Princesse des Ursins a Roma (1675-1701): Tra separatezza e integrazione culturale. Recercare. Rivista per lo Studio e la pratica della musica antica, 2011, 23 (1/2), pp.175-187. ⟨halshs-00831243⟩



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