This article focuses on the ideology of masculinity under Louis XIV and its women writers’ responses with fairy tales. In Marie-Jeanne Lhéritier’s “Marmoisan, or the Innocent Deception” and Marie Catherine d’Aulnoy’s “Belle-Belle or the Fortunate Knight,” I examine the role of female-usurping power and of the cross-dressers as they relate to the re-presentation of the seventeenth-century Amazon or function as the female embodiment of the early modern diplomat, as well as the emasculation of male power in the context of war and conflicts. In conclusion, I draw the correlation between images of power in the tales and that of the aging Louis XIV.
Trinquet du Lys, Charlotte. "Women Soldiers’ Tales during Louis XIV’s War Conflicts." Marvels & Tales 33.1 (2019). Web. <https://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/marvels/vol33/iss1/9>.