Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Philippe De Rémi: La Manekine: Edition Bilingue

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Philippe De Rémi: La Manekine: Edition Bilingue

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Philippe de Rémi: La Manekine: Edition bilingue, ed. Marie-Madeleine Castellani, Champion Classiques (Paris: Champion, 2012). 712pp. ISBN 978-2-7453-2451-1. euro25.00. MarieMadeleine Castellani's edition of the sole manuscript of Philippe de Rémi's La Manekine marks the latest addition to the bilingual Champion Classiques series. La Manekine relates the (mis)adventures of the young Hungarian princess Joie (Manekine), who is forced to cut offher own hand in order to avoid an incestuous marriage with her father. Condemned to be executed, she escapes by boat to Scotland where she marries the king, much to the dismay of her mother-in-law. While the Scottish king participates in tournaments in distant lands, Manekine gives birth to a son. Betrayed by her motherin-law, she is forced to flee once again with her infant son on the same boat which secured her passage to Scotland. This time she lands in Rome, where she is once again rescued. After some time has elapsed, Manekine is reunited with her husband, who has found his way to Rome thanks to a miraculous prayer, with her father, who repents for his behaviour, and with her hand, which magically appears in the stomach of a fish swimming in baptismal water. …

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