Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Mai Und Beaflor

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Mai Und Beaflor

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Mai und Beaflor, ed., trans., and commentary by Albrecht Classen, Beihefte zur Mediaevistik 6 (Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang, 2006). xxxix + 500 pp. ISBN 3-631-54303-4. £51.00. Mai und Beaflor can be seen as a slightly unusual representative of the genre of courtly love romances which were especially popular in Germany in the later thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries. It is an adventure story with a glorious operatic plot played out between Count Mai of Greece and a Roman princess, Beaflor, involving an emperor set on incest with his daughter, an empress in a dispute with her son over his choice of bride which ends in matricide, forged letters, sea journeys, intrigue, and false identity. There are motif correspondences with the Crescentia legend, the French romance La Belle Hélène de Constantinople, and Philippe de Beaumanoir's La Manekine. The text has previously been available only in the edition by Alois Josef Vollmer, published anonymously in 1848 (reprint 1974). The new edition offers a litteratim transcription of manuscript A in Munich (early fourteenth century), the gaps filled from manuscript C in Fulda (last decade of the fifteenth century), otherwise providing only modern capitalization, punctuation, and notes inserted into the text in square brackets as concessions to the modern reader. …

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