The Seege or Batayle of Troye: A Middle English Metrical Romance

The Seege or Batayle of Troye: A Middle English Metrical Romance

The Seege or Batayle of Troye: A Middle English Metrical Romance

The Seege or Batayle of Troye: A Middle English Metrical Romance

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For many years the Early English Text Society has included in its list of proposed texts a re-editing from the Harley MS. of the Middle English romance, the Seege or Batayle of Troye. However, when the Harley text was compared with that of the Lincoln's Inn, Egerton, and Arundel MSS., it was seen that its scribe had introduced many variations from the original, so that it offers the least dependable version of the poem. The other three MSS., on the contrary, follow the original so faithfully and supplement each other so fully that taken together they preserve in large measure the original text. For this reason, the Lincoln's Inn, Egerton, and Arundel MSS. have been made the basis of the present edition.

I desire here to record my obligations and grateful acknowledgements to Professor Carleton Brown who first interested me in the Troy Saga, later brought to my notice the Arundel version of the Seege of Troye, hitherto unknown to scholars, obtained permission for rotographing it, and throughout the task of editing has given kind and continuous encouragement. I should like also to express my warm thanks to Professor Eduard Prokosch who very kindly translated for me the chapters on the Troy saga together with an old Bulgarian text in Wesselofsky History of Romance and the Novel; to Mr. H. E. Forrest, F.L.S., who took infinite pains and trouble in tracing for me the genealogy of Anthony Foster, one- time possessor of Lincoln's Inn MS. 150; to Miss Mary Rhŷs (M.A., Glasgow), who has given ungrudgingly of her wide knowledge of mediæval literature; to the Trustees of Lincoln's Inn Library, to Mr. H. J. Whitaker, Librarian of Lincoln's Inn Library, to the Trustees of the College of Arms, to Major Algar Howard of the College of Arms, and to the Head of the Manuscript Room in the British Museum for their courtesy and kindness in allowing me to have rotographs of the necessary MSS. made, and in allowing me to examine the MSS. personally.

M. E. B.

CHRISTODORA HOUSE, NEW YORK CITY.

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