An "Earthly Paradise"?


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Nicolas Barnaud
French, 1538–1604
Le Cabinet du Roy de France (The Cabinet of the King of France), 1581
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library


This pamphlet, written by a Protestant, contains a violent satire against the royal court, and especially the effeminate and vain mignons: The courtiers are “fancy dollies” and “do-nothings” who believe they are “the equals of gods.” They seek to have people “kiss their shoe, like their paternal boss in Rome.”