Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Poetry of Charles d'Orléans and His Circle: A Critical Edition of BnF MS. Fr. 25458, Charles d'Orléans's Personal Manuscript

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Poetry of Charles d'Orléans and His Circle: A Critical Edition of BnF MS. Fr. 25458, Charles d'Orléans's Personal Manuscript

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Poetry of Charles d'Orléans and his Circle: A Critical Edition of BnB MS. fr. 2j4jS, Charles d' Orleans's Personal Manuscript, ed. John Fox and Mary-Jo Arn, trans. R. Barton Palmer, excursus on literary context by Stephanie A. V G. Kamath (Tempe, Ariz.: ACMRS (in collaboration with Brepols), 2010). lxiii + 957 pp. ISBN 978-2-503-53382-7. $120.00. Last edited in 1923 by Pierre Champion, the celebrated personal manuscript of Charles d'Orléans has been the focus of increasing scholarly attention in recent years. The present, bilingual edition of the manuscript's contents, based on a thorough reassessment of the codicological evidence published by Mary-Jo Arn in 2008, offers a much needed corrective to Champion's genre-based ordering of the poems. John Fox and Arn, leading scholars of Charles's oeuvre, have divided the considerable task of presenting this complex codex in a judicious and readily identifiable way. Fox is responsible for the edition of the poems, glossary, textual notes, notes on narrative and verse forms and language, and, with Arn, explanatory notes. Arn, drawing on her earlier study, summarizes the most significant codicological features of Charles's 'notebook' and provides an overview of the historical background of Charles's life and poetic activity. She also contributes appendices identifying the lyrics in the duke's handwriting, and medieval manuscripts and early printed editions containing significant portions of Charles's French poetry. A third, and final, appendix (attributed in the text to Fox, in the table of contents to Arn) provides an index of medieval authors anthologized in the manuscript. …

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