Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Gautier De Coinci; la Vie De Sainte Cristine: Edition Critique D'apres le Manuscrit F. Fr. 817 De la Bibliotheque Nationale De France

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Gautier De Coinci; la Vie De Sainte Cristine: Edition Critique D'apres le Manuscrit F. Fr. 817 De la Bibliotheque Nationale De France

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Gautier de Coinci; La Vie de sainte Cristine: edition critique d'apres le manuscrit f fr. 817 de la Bibliothique Nationale de France, ed. Olivier Collet, Textes litteraires frangais Sio (Geneva: Droz, I9). xxiv + 183 pp. ISBN z-600-00342-8. Sw. Fr. 36.00.

This edition may appear somewhat austere, with its short introduction and no glossary, notes, or index. However, Olivier Collet makes it clear that the text, which was last edited in1922, is intended to accompany a forthcoming lexicological study of all of Gautier de Coinci's works, and should therefore be read in conjunction with that for further analysis. Accordingly, the present introduction confines itself to a brief account of the two manuscripts and short fragments containing the Vie, a justification of the choice of the Paris manuscript, dated 1465, for this edition, and an explanation of the editing principles adopted. The text of the poem is printed with rejected readings and variants at the bottom of each page.

The Vie occurs at the end of the Paris manuscript, which principally contains the Miracles de Nostre Dame. The poem consists of 3,792 alexandrines in rhyming couplets, and concerns the life and martyrdom of Cristine of Tyre, a city which is here situated in Lombardy. The basic details of the story are similar to those in Christine de Pizan's account in the Livre de la cite des dames; but whereas she provides only a flat summary, Gautier's poem is more compelling, with its fleshed-out detail and especially its spirited dialogue, which is in no way blunted by the rather weighty alexandrines. …

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