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La Sale, Antoine de

La Sale, Antoine de

▪ French writer
La Sale also spelled  La Salle  
born c. 1386, near Arles, Provence [France]
died c. 1460

      French writer chiefly remembered for his Petit Jehan de Saintré, a romance marked by a great gift for the observation of court manners and a keen sense of comic situation and dialogue.

      From 1400 to 1448 La Sale served the dukes of Anjou, Louis II, Louis III, and René, as squire, soldier, administrator and, ultimately, governor of René's son and heir, Jean (John of Calabria). The Angevin claims to the kingdom of Sicily brought him repeatedly into Italy, and his didactic works contain several accounts of his unusual and picturesque experiences there. He was in Italy for Louis II's 1409–11 campaign against Ladislas of Durazzo. In 1415 he took part in a Portuguese expedition against the Moors of Ceuta. La Sale visited the Sibyl's mountain near Norcia, seat of the legend later transported to Germany and attached to the name of Tannhäuser; he relates the legend in great detail in his Paradis de la reine Sibylle.

      He became governor of the sons of Louis of Luxembourg, count of St. Pol in 1448. There he wrote La Salle (1451), a collection of moral anecdotes; Le Petit Jehan de Saintré (1456; Little John of Saintré, 1931); Du Réconfort à Madame de Fresne (1457; “For the Consolation of Madame de Fresne,” on the death of her young son); and a Lettre sur les tournois (1459; “A Letter on the Tournaments”).

      Jehan de Saintré is a pseudobiographical romance of a knight at the court of Anjou who, in real life, achieved great fame in the mid-14th century. Modern criticism ascribes an important place to Saintré in the development of French prose fiction and also extols the grace, wit, sensibility, and realism of the writer.

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