Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Les Noëls En France Aux XVe et XXIe Siècles

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Les Noëls En France Aux XVe et XXIe Siècles

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Les Noels en France aaxXVe etXX'le siècles, ed. Pierre Rézeau, Bibliothèque de Linguistique Romane 11 (Strasbourg: Éditions de linguistique et de philologie, 2013). x + 613 pp. ISBN 979-10-91460-10-1. euro41.00. This meticulously prepared volume presents the texts of seventy-four 'Noels' from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, representing a wide geographical distribution from Normandy and Brittany to Auvergne and Limousin, along with indications (though not transcriptions) of the melodics to which each was intended to be sung. The edition proper includes full commentary about manuscript sources, linguistic features, variant readings, versification, and other features of the texts. It is accompanied by an immensely useful and detailed discussion of the 'Noël' genre, outlining such matters as its origins and historical development; its range across French, Franco-Provençal, and Occitan linguistic regions; its manuscript traditions; the primary and secondary themes that might be seen as defining the genre; and its literary, linguistic, and devotional characteristics. …

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