Academic journal article Arthuriana

From ARTHURIANA

Academic journal article Arthuriana

From ARTHURIANA

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Among the roles a specialist journal can occasionally perform is to publish primary texts that are otherwise inaccessible to scholars and readers. We are happy to publish as this issue the decasyllabic and alexandrine prophecies of Merlin edited here for the first time by Jean Blacker. These are the earliest complete vernacular translations of the political prophecies text as found both in Geoffrey of Monmouth's vulgate Historia regum Britanniae and the First Variant version. Blacker argues that the manuscripts, all Anglo-Norman, which date from the late twelfth century to the early fourteenth centuries, reflect both an effort to bring Wace's Roman de Brut more closely in line with its Galfridian models, as well as an increasing fascination with prophecy as an inspired, albeit cryptic, form of historical discourse.

Jean Blacker is Professor of French at Kenyon College and editor of Encomia: Bibliographical Bulletin of the International Courtly Literature Society. She has published on Arthurian literature and twelfth-century Latin and French chronicles, and is currently preparing an annotated bibliography of Wace. …

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