Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Le Roman De Tristan En Prose (Version Du Manuscrit Fr. 757 De la Bibliotheque Nationale De Paris)

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Le Roman De Tristan En Prose (Version Du Manuscrit Fr. 757 De la Bibliotheque Nationale De Paris)

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Le Roman de Tristan en prose (version du manuscrit fr. 757 de la Bibliotheque Nationale de Paris), I, ed. Joel Blanchard and Michel Quereuil, Classiques francais du moyen age 123 (Paris: Champion, 1997). 544 pp. ISBN 2-85203-625-8. F. Fr. 170.00.

Joel Blanchard and Michel Quereuil have produced the first volume of a proposed five-volume edition of V.I, the `version breve' of the Roman de Tristan en prose, as found in the manuscript giving the fullest account, Paris, Bibliotheque Nationale, MS f. fr. 757. The term V.I is one used by Emmanuele Baumgartner in her 1975 study Le `Tristan en prose':. essai d'interpretation d'un roman medieval. Baumgartner and earlier scholars, notably Eugene Vinaver and Eilert Loseth, helped to keep alive knowledge of the content of the Tristan en prose, before the advent of reliable, modern critical editions. Now, the situation has changed almost beyond recognition. The V.II version has been published under the direction of Philippe Menard in nine volumes in the Textes litteraires fran,ais series, and Blanchard himself produced a partial edition of V.III in Ig76. This new edition of the first fifty-three folios of 757 covers sections 184-300 of Loseth's analysis, from the arrival of Tristan and Dinadan at the forest of Duise to the coming to court of the daughter of King Pelles; up to section 184, there is almost complete agreement between the manuscripts and there is in effect one single version. The introduction to the new edition is conventional enough, with a description of the manuscript (and here its Italian connections are very well brought out), an indication of editorial principles, a study of the language, a presentation of the work's literary value, and an analysis of the content. …

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