Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Les Eschéz d'Amours: A Critical Edition of the Poem and Its Latin Glosses

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Les Eschéz d'Amours: A Critical Edition of the Poem and Its Latin Glosses

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Les Eschéz dAmours: A Critical Edition of the Poem and its Latin Glosses, ed. Gregory Heyworth and Daniel E. O'Sullivan, Medieval and Renaissance Authors and Texts 10 (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2013). xi + 684 pp. ISBN 978-90-04-21253-4. euro188.00/ US$261.00. The scholarly world has long awaited an edition of this fascinating text, one of the most explicit and focused responses to the Roman de la Rose. Dated by its editors to c.1377, the poem opens with the narrator's encounter with Nature, who sends him outside into the world; he soon encounters Mercury with Juno, Pallas, and Venus, repeats the Judgement of Paris, and is advised by Venus to seek out the Garden of Delight. On the way he has a lengthy encounter with the goddess Diana; eventually, he enters the Garden, finding it exactly as Guillaume de Lorris described it. He then plays a game of chess with ornate pieces made out of gold and precious stones and loses to a beautiful maiden, with whom he is now hopelessly in love. He then has a long discussion with the god of love, who instructs him in love comportment; and then an even longer one with Pallas Athena, who explains that he is going against Nature in pursuing love and offers advice about how to correct his ways - largely through a recapitulation of Ovid's Remedia amoris - and the alternative pathways through life that he should be considering: that of the scholarly life, best led at the University of Paris, and the active life of political engagement. …

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