Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Old French Lays of 'Ignaure', 'Oiselet' and 'Amours'

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Old French Lays of 'Ignaure', 'Oiselet' and 'Amours'

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The Old French Lays of 'Ignaure', 'Oiselet? and 'Amours', ed. and trans. Glyn S. Burgess and Leslie C Brook, with the assistance of Elizabeth W. Poe for Amours, Gallica 18 (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2010). 278 pp. ISBN 978-1-84384-253-8. £60.00. The current volume is a sequel to the editors' earlier volume, Arthurian Literature IV: Eleven Old French Narrative Lays (Cambridge, 2007), forming part of Burgess and Brook's work in editing the nonMarie de France narrative lays that have not been edited for some time. Burgess and Brook have also published editions and translations of six other lays in the Liverpool Online Series: 'Trot', 'Lecheor'Nabaret' (1999); 'Doon' and 'Tyolef (2005); and Henri de Valencienne's Lay of Aristote (2001). In all these instances, the editions are presented alongside very useful parallel English translations, as well as extensive critical analyses of the texts and bibliographies. The current edition provides an update, as well as an expansion of previous work in the field. Ignaure, preserved in a single manuscript (Paris, BnF, fr. 1553), had only been edited by Rita Lejeune in 1938 (this edition was reprinted with Italian translation by Martina di Febo in 2002). Oiselet was edited by Lenora D. Wolfgang in 1990, but based only on one of the five extant manuscripts (with a diplomatic edition of the other four), and in 1997 by Suzanne Méjean-Thioüer and Marie-Françoise Notz-Grob, in the Lettres gothiques volume entitled Nouvelles courtoises (based on the same manuscript version); in their edition, Burgess and Brook show the two different organizations of the text in the manuscripts, including also a new edition of the alternative version contained in MS Paris, BnF, fr. …

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