Obscenity in Renaissance France

Database of obscenities

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This database is a resource for all those interested in French Renaissance language and culture.

It is conceived as a collaborative exercise arising out of the research network on the notion of obscenity in Renaissance France, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK).

It contains terms that can be considered obscene, in the most open meaning of the word - from sexual double-entendres to scatalogical insults - in French and in neo-Latin, with an explanation in modern French, the source and the date.

Researchers and specialists working on the French Renaissance are invited to make suggestions to ensure the reliaibility of the database. We are happy to consider suggestions for supplementary information and indeed for collaboration to develop the database.

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