Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Jehan le Fèvre, the Book of Gladness/Le Livre De Leesce: A Fourteenth Century Defense of Women, in English and French, by Jehan le Fèvre

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Jehan le Fèvre, the Book of Gladness/Le Livre De Leesce: A Fourteenth Century Defense of Women, in English and French, by Jehan le Fèvre

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Jehan Le Fèvre, The Book of Gladness/Le Livre de Leesce: A Fourteenth Century Defense of Women, in English and French, by Jehan Le Fèvre, translated, annotated, and with an introduction by Linda Burke (Jefferson, NC, and London: McFarland & Company, 2013), xi + 154 pp. ISBN 978-0-7864-7427-1. $45.00. Le Fèvre's translation of the Lamentations of Matheolus (01380) is widely cited as a key misogynist, anti-matrimonial diatribe; much less read is his retraction, the Livre de Leesce (before 1387). The present work gives the French text of Leesce, with an English translation. This is not - it should be stressed - a critical edition: Linda Burke reproduces almost integrally Van Hamel's text of 1892-1905, simply correcting 'a few obvious typographical errors' and offering very occasional variant readings (based on Van Hamel's own variants against the manuscripts with which he was familiar; she docs not appear to have returned to the manuscripts proper). She provides a useful, well-documented introduction covering Le Fèvre's writings, and discussing his forensic techniques, his debt to and engagement with the Roman de la Rose, and his place in late medieval misogynist discourse. …

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