Launch of an on-line database of rude words of the French Renaissance

Obscenity in Renaissance France

The database is conceived as a collaborative exercise arising out of the research network on the notion of obscenity in Renaissance France, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. For more information on the network, please see

The database contains terms that can be considered obscene, in the most open meaning of the word – from sexual double-entendres to scatalogical insults – in French and in neo-Latin, with an explanation in modern French (where necessary), the source and the date. A growing resource, the database currently contains 250 ‘obscenities’.
To consult the database, please use the search engine which allows you to search all data entries, as well as to search by category and by date.
We welcome suggestions from researchers and specialists working on the French Renaissance to make suggestions for additions to the database, to ensure its scope and reliability.
Suggestions for contributions should be addressed in the first instance to the Coordinator, Dr Hugh Roberts (University of Exeter),

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