Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Gautier De Coinci; le Miracle De Theophile Ou Comment Theophile Vint a la Penitence

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Gautier De Coinci; le Miracle De Theophile Ou Comment Theophile Vint a la Penitence

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Gautier de Coinci; Le Miracle de Theopbile ou comment Theophile vinti la penitence, ed. and trans. Annette Garnier (Paris: Honore Champion, 1998). 240 PP. ISBN 2-85203-817-X. F. Fr. 120.00.

This is a worthy addition to a valuable and pleasingly presented series of medieval French texts with facing translations. Annette Garnier's line-by-line translation is generally accurate and, which is equally important in a literary text, stylish. The 2,000-line miracle by Gautier dc Coinci, telling of the young man saved from his pact with the devil by the intervention of a saint, is one of the best known of medieval stories, but we also learn from the introduction that it is a very ancient one which first appears as a miracle attributed to St Basil of Caesarea, who died C. AD 400, and found its ultimate medieval expression in Rutebeuf's celebrated play.

The bulk of the extensive introduction and notes to this edition is devoted to a detailed analysis of the language of the miracle with emphasis on the religious significance of the speech which makes up such a major part of the text. Line by line and incident by incident in what is virtually an explication de texte, Garnier studies the story of Theophile's fall and his redemption with the help of the Virgin Mary. …

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