Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Anglo-Norman Amys E Amilioun: The Text of Karlsruhe, Badische Landesbibliothek, MS. 345 (Olim Codex Durlac 38) in Parallel with London, British Library, MS Royal 12 C. XII

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Anglo-Norman Amys E Amilioun: The Text of Karlsruhe, Badische Landesbibliothek, MS. 345 (Olim Codex Durlac 38) in Parallel with London, British Library, MS Royal 12 C. XII

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Anglo-Norman Amys e Amilioun: The Text of Karlsruhe, Badische Landesbibliothek, MS. 345 (Olim Codex Durlac 38) in Parallel with London, British Library, MS Royal 12 C. XII, ed. John Ford (Oxford: The Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature, 2011). 184 pp. ISBN 978-0-907570-20-2. £50.00. The story of Amys and Amilioun enjoyed great popularity during the Middle Ages, and there are numerous extant verse and prose versions of the romance in both Latin and many European vernaculars. In this monograph, John Ford offers the first critical edition of the Karlsruhe MS 345 text of the Anglo-Norman Amys e Amilioun. The text of Karlsruhe is placed in parallel with that of MS London (BL Royal 12.C.XII) (edited by Fukui, 1990), which serves as a base text. The Karlsruhe manuscript has suffered from some damage, lacking the central battle scene and the ending of the poem. But despite these lacunae, the Karlsruhe text is some 400 lines longer than the 1,240 lines of Fukui's edition of MS London, as it contains numerous interpolations and rewritings. Ford points out that several modern editions of the Middle English version exist, in contrast to the Anglo-Norman tradition, which has received less scholarly attention. …

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