Clémence Isaure

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Dame Clémence Isaure by Jules Joseph Lefebvre

Clémence Isaure is a quasi-legendary medieval figure credited with founding or restoring the Acadèmia dels Jòcs Florals or Academy of the Floral Games. She is supposed to have left a legacy to fund awards in the form of gold and silver flowers that the city would award annually to the best poets.

As the mythic founder of the games she is celebrated principally in Toulouse, where poems, sculptures, and paintings have been dedicated to her and a variety of places and institutions bear her name. In order to provide her with a realistic outline, she has been identified as a member of the Yzalguier family of Toulouse. In 1806 the rue des Yzalguier there was renamed the rue Clémence-Isaure. A tower at 7 de la rue Cujas was named the Tour Clémence Isaure. (It was demolished in 1817.)[1]

For example, Charles Cros wrote in 1888:[2]

Toulouse! ville antique où fleurissent encore

Pour les poètes, vos fleurs d’or, Clémence Isaure

Toulouse! ancient city where flourish still
For poets your golden flowers, Clémence Isaure

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Pierre Salies, Dictionnaire des rues de Toulouse, Toulouse, Éditions Milan, 1989
  2. ^ Charles Cros, La Vision du grand canal des deux mers, 1888

Bibliography[edit]

  • Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian (1891). Clémence Isaure. Paris: Imprimerie des Annales.
  • Delmas, Jean-Jacques (1984). À Clémence Isaure. Saint-Germain-du-Bel-Air, France: Delmas Jean Jacques Éditions. p. 84. ISBN 978-2950031600.
  • Boyer, Pierre-Louis (2010). Clémence Isaure, vérités sur une chimère toulousaine. Paris: Séguier (Nouvelles éd.). p. 100. ISBN 978-2-7588-0320-1.