French Arthurian Literature IV: Eleven Old French Narrative Lays

French Arthurian Literature IV: Eleven Old French Narrative Lays

Edited by Glyn S. Burgess, Leslie C. Brook

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D.S.Brewer

Overview

Overview

Text and facing translation of a selection of French narrative lays, with Arthurian subject matter and interest.
The lay was a flourishing genre in the French courts of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, related to romance rather as the modern short story is to the novel. Its most famous exponent is arguably Marie de France, but in addition to her twelve lays, a number of others, mainly anonymous, have also come down to us, usually referred to as Breton lays or simply as narrative lays.
The eleven anonymous lays presented in this volume show the varied nature of the genre. First brought together as a collection by Prudence Tobin in 1976, they have been freshly edited from the manuscript sources. They are presented here with facing English translation, together with substantial introductions for each lay, which deal principally with thematic issues and questions of general literary interest.

GLYN S. BURGESS is Emeritus Professor of French at the University of Liverpool.
LESLIE C. BROOK is Honorary Senior Research Fellow in French at the University of Birmingham.

Details

April 2007
536 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Arthurian Archives
ISBN: 9781843841180
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
D.S.Brewer
BIC DCQ, 1DDF, 2AB, 3H
BISAC LIT004150, LIT011000
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Table of Contents

General Introduction
Desiré
Tyolet
Guingamor
Espine
Doon
Lecheor
Tydorel
Graelent
Melion
Nabaret
Trot
Bibliography
Index of Proper Names

Reviews

The physical production of the volume is of the high quality typical of books published by D.S. Brewer. The editor-translators deserve our gratitude for making these lays available to a new generation of scholars and students. ENCOMIA

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