Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Renaud De Beaujeu: Le Bel Inconnu

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Renaud De Beaujeu: Le Bel Inconnu

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Renaud de Beaujeu: Le Bel Inconnu, ed. and notes by Michele Perret, trans. Michele Perret and Isabelle Weill, Champion classiques 'Moyen Age' (Paris: Champion, 200;). xix + 41; pp. ISBN 2-74;3-0734-7. euro12.50. This edition by Michele Perret with a facing translation jointly by her and Isabelle Weill, first published by Champion in 1991, is part of a series intended to introduce the great works of the Middle Ages to a wider public and also to facilitate the reading of lesser-known works from the same period, Given these twin aims the inclusion of Le Bel Inconnu amongst the earliest publications of the series is easy to understand. Nonetheless there must be some doubt as to just how far Perret and Weill have succeeded in this aim. The introduction to the text shows the breadth of scholarship which the editor brings to her task, but it is very allusive. The student or member of the wider reading public would not find it easy to pick up the many intertextual references which are in the introduction and might not find all the background necessary for a full appreciation of the text. The translation, which, the editor is at pains to warn the reader, will not be a very literal one, certainly reads very well and can stand on its own as an entertaining talc of knightly adventure. …

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