Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Benoit De Sainte-Maure: Le Roman De Troie: Extraits Du Manuscrit Milan, Bibliotheque Ambrosienne

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Benoit De Sainte-Maure: Le Roman De Troie: Extraits Du Manuscrit Milan, Bibliotheque Ambrosienne

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Benoit de Sainte-Maure: Le Roman de Troie: extraits du manuscrit Milan, Bibliotheque Ambrosienne, D55, ed. and trans. Emmanuele Baumgartner and Francoise Vielliard, Lettres gothiques 4552 (Paris: Librairie Generale Frangaise, 1998). 672 pp. ISBN 2-253-0665-6. No price given. This edition and translation of lengthy extracts (about half the text) of the Roman de Troie with connecting narrative summaries provides a useful means of entry into a vast and very influential twelfth-century romance. The two editors are both specialists in the field as the bibliography indicates. The brief but illuminating introduction explores the way Benoit uses the brief Latin prose text attributed to Dares as a narrative basis for a history of Troy, to be amplified and ornamented beyond recognition, and draws also on additional sources such as Ovid; it also brings out the interplay with other twelfth-century works in the vernacular such as the Roman d'Eneas and the Roman de Thebes. …

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