Academic journal article Medium Aevum

La Cort d'Amor: A Critical Edition

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

La Cort d'Amor: A Critical Edition

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La Cort d'Amor: A Critical Edition, ed. Matthew Bardell, Legenda/Research Monographs in French Studies 11 (Oxford: European Humanities Research Centre, 2002). 170 pp. ISBN 1-900755-66-1. £14.50/$25.00.

This incomplete Occitan poem of some 1,700 lines is found in only one manuscript (Occitan Chansonnier N, now MS M.819 of the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York), and Matthew Bardell argues in favour of its being a latetwelfth-century text, composed soon after Andreas Capellanus' De amore, to which he considers it to be a response. If his dating is correct, then this poem is the earliest surviving vernacular narrative personification allegory, easily predating Guillaume de Lorris's Roman de la Rose. Bardell's edition is the first reliable and complete one of the poem, following the less satisfactory earlier editions of Leopold Constans (1881-2) and Lowanne Jones (1977), and it is accompanied by a line-by-line English translation.

La Cort d'Amor is not an easy text to edit, as the manuscript is a mid- to late-thirteenth-century Italian copy, which has inherited a number of careless errors introduced by scribes unfamiliar with Occitan. Furthermore, the presence of some Gallicisms indicates that the poem at one time circulated in northern France. The action, such as it is, all takes place at Love's court on Mount Parnassus, where Love initially addresses in turn his ten allegorical barons, each of whom represents an aspect of true love, and encourages them in their allotted functions. Further allegorical figures arrive at court to complain about inappropriate behaviour in love relationships, such as covetousness, pride, slander, inconstancy, and prevarication. …

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