Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Descente Aux Enfers, Avec Guillaume De Digulleville: ÉDition et Traduction Commentées D'un Extrait Du 'Pèlerinage De L'âme'

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Descente Aux Enfers, Avec Guillaume De Digulleville: ÉDition et Traduction Commentées D'un Extrait Du 'Pèlerinage De L'âme'

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Descente aux enfers, avec Guillaume de Digulleville: Édition et traduction commentées d'un extrait du 'Pèlerinage de l'âme', ed. Frédéric Duval (Saint-Lô: Archives départementales de la Manche, 2006). 175 pp. ISBN 2-86050-021-9. euro20.00. This is a lovely book, and a lovely enterprise. The Manche, with that sense of local pride typical of the French provinces, is celebrating a luminary: Guillaume, born in the Cotentin. To this end, Frédéric Duval has reproduced, edited, and translated eighteen complete folios of Guillaume's Pèlerinage de l'âme, from a superb manuscript now in the Bibliothèque nationale de France, fr. 12466. The page disposition of this small-folio new volume is interesting: each opening has four columns, consisting (left to right) of a reproduction of one column of the manuscript, a transcription of the text from that column, a translation into modern French, and a column of notes which explain references, cultural factors, and some linguistic and prosodic peculiarities; there are also reproductions from other manuscripts of the text, preserved in the BnF: ft. …

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