Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Jean De Noyal, Miroir Historial, Livre X

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Jean De Noyal, Miroir Historial, Livre X

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Jean de Noyal, Miroir historial, livre X, édition critique par Per Fôrnegârd, Textes Littéraires Français 618 (Geneva: Droz, 2012). 633 pp. ISBN 978-2-600-01547-9. euro59.72. This first complete edition of one of the three extant books of Jean de Noyal's universal chronicle (1388) aims both to respond to the growing interest in medieval historical compilations and to offer a corpus for describing Middle French. Book X covers the period from the accession of Louis VIII (1223) and the election of Pope Gregory IX to the death of Charles IV, the last Capetian (1328). It focuses on royal and papal history, with a long narrative on the Franco-Flemish wars of Philip the Fair and some digressions into world history. The single manuscript is conservatively edited, with scrupulous recording of the few emendations and definite or possible alterations in the manuscript, especially important given the aim of providing an accurate linguistic corpus. There are detailed and clear notes on linguistic and historical points, unclear or inaccurate passages, and the relation to the various sources. …

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