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Death and the Cardinal: The Two Bodies of Guillaume d'Estouteville

Meredith J. Gill
Renaissance Quarterly
Vol. 54, No. 2 (Summer, 2001), pp. 347-388
DOI: 10.2307/3176781
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3176781
Page Count: 42
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Abstract

This article examines the circumstances of the death of Cardinal Guillaume d'Estouteville (d. 1483) and his plans for burial in his Roman church of Sant'Agostino and in the Cathedral of Rouen of which he was archbishop. I argue that the cardinal planned for his body to be interred near the high altar of Sant'Agostino, in a monument since lost, while his heart was to be taken to Rouen and buried in the crossing of the cathedral. By means of an analysis of burial practices in Italy and France, I propose that d'Estouteville's designs anticipated such grandiose sixteenth-century projects as those of Julius II (d. 1513) and Cardinal Georges d'Amboise (d. 1510).

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