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In the Family Way: Birth Sex and Death in Seventeenth-Century France: Overview

Our texts range from the quasi-factual (in the accounts of Louise Bourgeois, midwife to the French royal family; and in the letters of the society 'grande dame', Madame de Sévigné, to her daughter), to the wholly fantastic (in Perrault's fairy tales), taking in contemporary re- workings of infamous mother figures from ancient sources along the way (Racine's Athalie).