Academic journal article Medium Aevum

'La Chanson De Guillaume' and 'La Prise d'Orange' / la Chanson De Guillaume (la Chancun De Wilame)

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

'La Chanson De Guillaume' and 'La Prise d'Orange' / la Chanson De Guillaume (la Chancun De Wilame)

Article excerpt

Philip E. Bennett, 'La Chanson de Guillaume' and 'La Prise d'Orange', Critical Guides to French Texts 12.1 (London: Grant & Cutler, 2001). 134 pp. ISBN 0-7293-0420-5. L6.95.

La Chanson de Guillaume (La Chancun de Wilame), ed. and trans. Philip E. Bennett, Critical Guides to French Texts 121.11 (London: Grant & Cutler, 2001). 209 pp. ISBN 0-7293-0421-3. L7.95.

These two small volumes answer a real need, providing students with an inexpensive and accessible edition of a key text, together with a clear but scholarly analysis of that text put within the context of the wider Guillaume cycle, with particular reference to La Prise d'Orange. The edition is that of the Anglo-Norman Chancun de Willame, which has come down to us in a single, mid-thirteenth-century manuscript (British Library, MS Add. 38663); it is a conservative edition, where only obvious errors are corrected. A prose translation of the poem is placed under the edited text, due attention having been taken to ensure that the translation corresponds to the relevant lines of the poem on any given page: a considerate gesture towards the student who might still feel somewhat insecure with the original French. The translation itself manages to be both faithful and agreeable to read, capturing the spirit of the original to a remarkable extent. Emendations to the text appear as footnotes, allowing the reader to make up his or her own mind about editorial decisions without having to leaf through to the end of the book. Equally, the notes are designed to be informative without being intimidating, discussing difficult or problematic passages with just the right amount of detail. In short: the ideal student edition.

The analysis of the text, in the companion volume to the edition, is more challenging reading; the complexity of the material discussed, together with space limitations, have led to a dense and rich study requiring a degree of concentration on the part of the reader. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.