Prof. Guy StanleyProf. Guy Stanleyhttps://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/author/157engA magnificent and unanticipated pleasure!https://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/931https://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/931The Italian historian Benedatta Craveri remarks  in l’Âge de la conversation (Gallimard 2002) that the conversation of the Salon over the course of a century or more, beginning in the 17th century after the the French wars of religion, developed a civilizing ideal of social conduct based on courtesy and mutual pleasure. Over the course of its development, as other historians noted (e.g. Anne Martin Fugier in her account of Les salons de la Troisième Républic (Perrin/Tempus 2009)) the ideal of sociable conversation deepened as participation broadened to include writers, artists, and politicians.Prof. Guy StanleyMon, 27 Dec 2010 09:00:00 -0500