Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Gaydon: Chanson De Geste Du XIIIe Siecle

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Gaydon: Chanson De Geste Du XIIIe Siecle

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Gaydon: Chanson de geste du XIIIe siecle, ed. Jean Subrenat, co-translated with Andrée Subrenat, Collection Ktemata 19 (Louvain and Paris: Peelers, 2007). 803 pp. ISBN 978-90-429-1818-7. euro49.00. Gaydon was last published in its entirety in 1862 (in the 'Anciens poètes de la France' series); since then, there have been two partial editions, in 1907 and 1911; not surprisingly, studies are rather thin on the ground, and it tends rather to appear in footnotes. This edition, then, by one of France's foremost specialists in the chanson de geste, is very welcome indeed. Gaydon is a 'sequel' to the Chanson de Roland. Gaydon is in fact the sobriquet of Thierry" who had defeated Ganelon in single combat, and who is now the target of the malice of what remains of Ganelon's lineage (many of whom were of course also executed along with Ganelon himself). The chanson traces the fates of Charlemagne's barons and their hosts, in a series of complex and convoluted chivalric and military adventures - and ends with Gaydon/Thierry retiring to a desert hermitage. …

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