Academic journal article Medium Aevum

La Geste Francor: Edition of the 'Chansons De Geste' of MS. Marc. Fr. XIII (=256)

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

La Geste Francor: Edition of the 'Chansons De Geste' of MS. Marc. Fr. XIII (=256)

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La Geste Francor: Edition of the 'Chansons de Geste' of MS. Marc. Fr. XIII (=256), ed. Leslie Zarker Morgan, Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies 348 (Tempe, Ariz.: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2009). 2 vols, xx + 1,483 pp. ISBN 978-0-86698-396-9. £100.00. This is a welcome edition of an exciting and stiU under-researched cycle of Franco-Italian poems about the kings of France and their barons. Nine songs - Enfances Bovo, Berta da li pe grant, Chevalerie Bovo, Karleto (an Enfances Charlemagne), Berta e Milone, Enfances Ogier le Danois, Orlandino (an Enfances Roland), Chevalerie Ogier le Danois, and Macario - form a thrilling and intricate plot involving conniving traitors, corrupt sovereigns, and exiled queens, alongside brave and worthy barons. The hybrid language of the text, which combines elements of literary Old French, northern Italian vernaculars, as well as Latin and Tuscan, presents particular problems for editors. Moreover, no other manuscript transmits in the same form the material gathered here, making a number of words -which appear in the collection but are found in no other text or dictionary - into veritable literary mysteries. A complete edition of the Geste Francor has been available since 1986, when Aldo Rosellini's rendering appeared (La Geste Francor di Venera (Brescia: La Scuola)). …

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