Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Le Roman d'Eustache le Moine

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Le Roman d'Eustache le Moine

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Le Roman d'Eustache le Moine, nouvelle édition, traduction, présentation et notes, ed. A. J. Holden and J. Monfrin[dagger], KTEMATA 18 (Louvain: Peeters, 2005). 171 pp. ISBN 90429-1607-9. euro35.00. It is a pleasure to see a new edition of this rather intriguing little verse text which, the editors claim, was written sometime in the second quarter of the thirteenth century and which has been inaccessible for many years other than in a translation by Glyn Burgess (Two Medieval Outlaws (Cambridge, 1997)). Kustache le Moine is a historical figure (c.1170-1 217): a scion of Norman nobility, he seems to have been a renegade monk famous, or more precisely notorious, for his warrior prowess - notorious, because of his contemporary reputation for cruelty and violence, and because of uncertainties as to his loyalties (the editors, nicely, call him a condottiere}. The roman is based on historical reality, but, as the editors say, the tone is largely comic: the poet makes Eustache faintly grotesque, and there are episodes which would seem more appropriate in fabliaux. …

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