Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Doon and Tyolet: Two Old French Narrative Lays

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Doon and Tyolet: Two Old French Narrative Lays

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Doon and Tyolet: Two Old French Narrative Lays, ed. and trans. Glyn S. Burgess and Leslie C. Brook, Liverpool Online Series: Critical Editions of French Texts 9 (Liverpool: University of Liverpool, Dept. of French, 2005). 115 pp. ISBN 0-9533816-8-4. The Liverpool Online Series, to be found at www.liv.ac.uk/sml/los/index.htm, presents texts in French which have hitherto been unavailable to many scholars and students, and provides upto-date editions of previously edited texts. Medievalists will find this site particularly welcome, since, along with Glyn S. Burgess and Leslie C. Brook's edition of Doon and Tyolet, it also offers editions of other anonymous lais, all in clear pdf format. The site is uncomplicated and can be navigated without difficulty; the pdf files themselves are easily read and searched. For those who find it hard to read long pieces of text on a computer screen, these texts can also be printed off for personal use for free. This is an invaluable resource for the university teacher, researcher, and student, bringing many beguiling and under-studied texts to wider attention. Burgess and Brook are past masters of the loi genre, and the presentation and translation they provide of Doon and Tyolet exhibit these editors' usual proficiency and scholarship. Editing is clear and the translations have both fluidity and accuracy. The introductory commentaries on these lais are, however, less than scintillating and do not reflect in their analysis of these texts the cutting-edge technology of their presentation. …

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