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French Arthurian Romance III


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The Chevalier as deus espees is an anonymous Arthurian romance, belonging to a cluster of French verse works that were composed in England during the first decades of the thirteenth century: its author and audience were presumably among the baronial immigrants from the western regions of France who had lost their continental holdings to Philip Augustus. It presents an intertextual response to various problems raised in Chrétien de Troyes' Roman de Perceval, with its interlaced adventuretaining some of the most subtle rewriting of Arthurian material known from this period.
This volume - offering a text and facing translation - represents the only dual-language edition of the romance and the first critical edition to be published since the nineteenth century; it also includes an introduction, notes and bibliography.


Vielleicht sollte man gelegentlich ein Loblied auf die literarische Gattung der Übersetzung singen [...] Die ebenso textreue wie lesbare amerikanische Version, die auch in der Prosa den Rhythmus der Verse zu erhalten sucht und nur im Erzähltempuerne Vereinheitlichung vornimmt, darf als Muster einer gelungenen Übertragung bezeichnet werden, welche die Originalität dieses scheinbar epigonalen Artusromans [...] deutlicher hervortreten lät. ZEITSCHRIFT FUER ROMANISCHE PHILOLOGIE
Adition accompanied by an equally excellent translation of a significant post-Chrétien de Troyes Arthurian verse romance. ENCOMIA
Makes the text completely accessible even to those who have no French, who will be able to read it with enjoyment. Pror Rockwell is to be congratulated on what must have been a lengthy and sometimes difficult task. FRENCH STUDIES LXI


First Published: 15 Jun 2006
13 Digit ISBN: 9781843840800
Pages: 656
Size: 23.4 x 15.6
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: D.S.Brewer

Details updated on 05 Oct 2015


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