Mémoires et mémorialistes du XVIIIe siècle en France: essai sur les mémoires du valet Cléry et de Madame Campan
Iuvenilia Vol. XII/2010/2, pp. 460-467 DOI: 10.1556/Verb.12.2010.2.16
Keywords: Cléry, Campan, journal, memoirs, literature
Abstract: Memoirs (from the French mémoires) were the most common and popular literary genre in French literature between the 17th to late 18th centuries - then slowly the genre started to decline. Firstly reserved to the upper high society, memoirs were written foremost as a kind of "must" by aristocratic people and then after as testimony, a will to leave a trace in history. Many memoirs were composed during and shortly after the French revolution. Their authenticity is often difficult to investigate - among them the Journal of Cléry, valet of Louis XVI and the Mémoires of Madame Campan, first lady in waiting to the Queen. These written treasures are extraordinary testimonies of the French Royal family and their ultimate hours.