Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Guy of Warwick: Icon and Ancestor

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Guy of Warwick: Icon and Ancestor

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Guy of Warwick: Icon and Ancestor, ed. Alison Wiggins and Rosalind Field, Studies in Medieval Romance 4 (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer; Rochester, NY: Boydell and Brewer, 2007). xxii + 223 pp.; 15 plates. ISBN 978-1-84384-125-8. £50.00/885.00. This volume makes a significant contribution to romance studies in its collection of twelve original essays on 'England's other Arthur'. Despite the place of the legend of Guy of Warwick in England's cultural heritage and the long history of the romance of Guy, from Anglo-Norman and Middle English romance to early modern plays and prints, Guy of Warwick has received surprisingly little critical attention. This group of original essays redresses the balance, focusing in particular on Guy's role as national hero and the construction of Englishness, continuities of the romance material, and relations between life and literature. The essays by Judith Weiss and Marianne Ailes look at the Anglo Norman Guide Warewic, and those of Ivana Djordjevie and Rosalind Field at the process of adaptation and translation from Anglo-Norman to Middle English. …

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