Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Antoine De la Sale: 'Saintre'

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Antoine De la Sale: 'Saintre'

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Antoine de La Sale: Saintre ed. Mario Eusebi, Vol. II, Classiques fran ais du moyen age I 5 (Paris: Champion, i994). ISBN 2-85 ao;-3 . F. Fr. izo. Oddly, Champion have supplied only the second volume of this edition for review. The first volume, published in Igg;, explained editorial procedures. Misrahi's and Knudson's 1978 edition, in the Textes litteraires francais series, used G (Rome, Vatican Library, MS Reg. Lat. 896) as a base; the editors noted that it incorporated the corrections made to the first half of the text in F (Paris, Bibliotheque Nationale, MS nouv. acq. fr. 1oo57), probably in La Sale's own hand, and argued that the further corrections made to the remainder of the text must also represent the latest state of the text done under the author's supervision. Mario Eusebi is unconvinced: while he accepts that the latter manuscript does indeed contain some of La Sale's own corrections, he doubts - rightly - that the revisions in the Vatican MS (most of them designed to modernize lexis) can be attributed with any certainty to La Sale. His base-manuscript is therefore F, transcribed without the emendations, rubrics and `stage directions' supplied interlineally by the different emending hands; however, his text has the great virtue of allowing the reader to reconstruct the complex codicological features of this, the so-called Barrois MS, by distinguishing and attributing the different emending hands (Fa, Fb, Fc) and printing their contributions in the critical apparatus at the foot of the page. …

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