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Brotherly love : freemasonry and male friendship in Enlightenment France

Author: Kenneth Loiselle
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2014.
Series: EBL-Schweitzer
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Friendship, an acquired relationship primarily based on choice rather than birth, lay at the heart of Enlightenment preoccupations with sociability and the formation of the private sphere. In Brotherly Love, Kenneth Loiselle argues that Freemasonry is an ideal arena in which to explore the changing nature of male friendship in Enlightenment France. Freemasonry was the largest and most diverse voluntary organization  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 2014005279
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kenneth Loiselle
ISBN: 0801454875 9780801454875
OCLC Number: 885469879
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: The masonic utopia of friendship --
Friendship in ritual --
Confronting the specter of sodomy --
"New but true friends" : the friendship network of Philippe-Valentin Bertin du Rocheret --
Friendship in the age of sensibility --
Friendship under fire : freemasonry in the French Revolution.
Series Title: EBL-Schweitzer
Responsibility: Kenneth Loiselle.
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Kenneth Loiselle not only examines the place of friendship in eighteenth-century French society and culture but also contributes to the history of emotions and masculinity.  Read more...

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