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Précieuses
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Les Précieuses (the Precious Ones) were a literary circle of erudite ladies in 17th-century Paris (Dame). The term was derived from French préciosité (value; choiceness; diligence; refinement), which had been current since the 14th century and became fashionable in society around 1620, remaining so for around 50 years by very reason of its moral ambivalence. Synonymous on the one hand with a virtuous and arist…

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Chihaia, Matei, “Précieuses”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 27 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025807>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107



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