Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Il Libro Di Messer Tristano ('Tristano Veneto')

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Il Libro Di Messer Tristano ('Tristano Veneto')

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Il libro di messer Tristano (`Tristano Veneto) ed. Aulo Donadello (Venice: Marsilio, 1994). 648 pp. ISBN 88-317-5853-5. L. 88,ooo. This Italian version of the Tristan story is here published for the first time. It is considerably longer than the better-known Tristano Riccardiano (first edited by Parodi (Bologna, 1896), and recently re-edited by A. Scotari (Genu, 1990). The Tristano Veneto is only to be found in one manuscript, Vienna, Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek, MS 3325, dated 1487, and is a late copy of an Italian translation, from the linguistic evidence made not later than the beginning of the fourteenth century in Venice. The first part of the translation (up to z) and the last part (from 559 up to but not including the last episode) are based on a version of the French Prose Tristan close to that to be found in Carpentras, Bibliotheque Municipale, MS 404 (the base-manuscript of Curtis's edition, but incomplete), and of two manuscripts, Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales, MS 446 (of Italian provenance), and Modena, Biblioteca Estense, MS E 59, which both move straight from the freeing of Arthur in the forest of Darnantes (392 in the Tristano Veneto) to the events leading up to the death of lovers (559 in the Tristano Veneto). For the middle of the Italian romance, the translation is based on Meliadus, the compilation of Rustichello of Pisa, on a version close to that given by Paris, Bibliotheque Nationale, MS f. …

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