About the Book
English and French medieval literature is best known to modern readers through two genres that dominate its early and later history: epic poetry and romance. In modern English versions by two award-winning translators and scholars of the period, this volume makes available for the first time under a single cover four of the major texts of these traditions: Beowulf, The Song of Roland, Chrétien de Troyes’ Yvain or The Knight with the Lion, and the complete Lais of Marie de France. In addition, Medieval Epic and Romance contains some less known but eminently worthy works that illustrate the variety and depth of medieval epic and romance as literary forms: Havelok, Guillaume de Machaut’s The Taking of Alexandria (a lengthy selection), and The Chatelaine de Vergi. Like its companion volume, Medieval English and French Legends (also from College Publishing), this book includes an extensive apparatus designed to assist the beginning and advanced student of the literary Middle Ages.
|About the Editor
R. Barton Palmer is Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature at Clemson University. Author of many books on film and literary subjects, Palmer is a specialist in English and French literature of the later Middle Ages. He has published seven volumes of editions and translations of the works of noted French authors Guillaume de Machaut and Jean Froissart. Two of these were selected as "outstanding academic books" by Choice magazine. He is currently collaborating on similar projects devoted to the poetry of Charles d'Orleans, Eustache Deschamps, and Christine de Pizan. Palmer has served as the founding general editor of Routledge Medieval Texts. He has published a companion to this present one, Medieval English and French Legends: An Anthology of Religious and Secular Narrative (College Publishing), and the two scholars are currently preparing a third volume on Arthurian literature of the period, also to be produced by College Publishing.
|Table of Contents
Preface to the Reader
A Brief Historical Introduction
A Note on the Translations
The Song of Roland
Guillaume de Machaut, The Taking of Alexandria (Selection)
Chrétien de Troyes, Yvain or The Knight with the Lion
Marie de France, Lais
The Chatelaine of Vergi