Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Le Miroir De la Mort

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Le Miroir De la Mort

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George Chastelain, Le Miroir de la Mort, ed. Tania Van Hemelryck, Universite Catholique de Louvain, Publications de l'Institut d'Etudes Medievales: Textes, Etudes, Congres, 17 (Louvain-la-Neuve: Institut d'Etudes Medievales de l'Universite Catholique de Louvain, 1991). i88 pp.; 8 plates. B. Fr. goo.oo. This is a beautifully produced volume: an interesting typeface, a spacious page layout, some fascinating illustrations reproduced from the Carpentras manuscript (Bibliotheque Municipale, MS 410), and, in colour on the jacket, from BN MS f.fr. i8i6 - and all this for a poet who remains, alas, one of the mal aime.r of later medieval French poetry, Georges Chastellain. Part of the problem, no doubt, is the fact that his verse is little known: the Miroir, for instance, has been obtainable only in the very faulty edition (by Kervyn de Lettenhove, in 1864) of which Ms Van Hemelryck is rightly dismissive; her own meticulous edition may well make converts. I have been unable to check the accuracy of her transcriptions (her base manuscript is in the Bibliotheque Royale in Brussels, MS 21530), but there is a welcome absence of coqil/ler, usefully - because we lack materials for a study of the mox:)ance of late medieval verse - she gives very full variants from the remaining ten manuscripts. …

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