Sophonisbe and the French Wars of Religion

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As part of a joint presentation on Sophonisbe in early modern drama, this paper explores the French humanist Nicolas de Montreux' reinterpretation of the Sophonisbe story in his historical tragedy La Sophonisbe (1601). Contrary to his dramatic predecessors, Montreux based his plot on the newly rediscovered Greek historians such as Plutarch and Appian instead of the Roman historian Livy. The paper suggests that this historiographical shift implies a reinterpretation of Sophonisbe as a victim of historical unpredictability and not as a seductress; a shift that mirrors real life unpredictability during the French Wars of Religion.
Period25. Jun 2021
Event titleTransnational Aspects of Early Modern Drama
Event typeConference
LocationBochum, Germany
Degree of RecognitionInternational