Academic journal article Medium Aevum

La Chanson De la Premiere Croisade En Ancien Francais D'apres Baudri De Bourgeuil: éDition et Analyse Lexicale

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

La Chanson De la Premiere Croisade En Ancien Francais D'apres Baudri De Bourgeuil: éDition et Analyse Lexicale

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La Chanson de la Premiere Croisade en ancien français d'apres Baudri de Bourgeuil: édition et analyse lexicale, ed. Jennifer Gabel de Aguirre, Romanische Texte des Mittelalters 3 (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2015). ix + 624 pp. ISBN 978-3-8253-6095-5. euro60.00. The Chanson de la Première Croisade is a thirteenth-century account of the First Crusade, which takes a Latin chronicle by Baudri de Bourgueil as its main source. Although its title recalls the Old French Crusade Cycle (the most recent edition of which was published by the University of Alabama Press between 1977 and 2003), the Chanson is in fact an independent free-standing text, found in its complete form in only two manuscripts, Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Hatton 77 (H and BL, Add. MS 34114 (S), both of which were written by Anglo-Norman scribes. This edition by Jennifer Gabriel de Aguirre - which makes some 5,127 lines of the 15,000-line text available for the first time - takes the H manuscript as its base, with variants from the S manuscript shown clearly in footnotes.

The edition's introductory notes provide generous information on the Chansons historical, literary, and linguistic context. …

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