Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Le Conte Du Papegau

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Le Conte Du Papegau

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Le Conte du papegau, ed. and trans. Hélène Charpentier and Patricia Victorin, Champion Classiques: Moyen Age n (Paris: Honoré Champion, 2004). 302 pp. ISBN 2-7453-1026-7. euro10.00. This is a most welcome edition of a little text which has begun, in recent years, to attract serious scholarly attention. The only existing edition - now very difficult of access - was done by F. Heuckenkamp (Halle, 1896); it is, incidentally, published as Le Chevalier du papegau, and although the editors explain the change in title that they have adopted, surely it would have been wiser to avoid the sort of bibliographical confusions that may arise from it. Otherwise, interested scholars have simply fallen back on two translations, into English by Thomas Vesce (New York, 1986), and into French by Danielle Regnier-Bohler (Paris, 1989). 'Interested', because this is an intriguing little romance, dating from the end of the fourteenth or the beginning of the fifteenth century, concentrating on Arthur as a young man, and allowing him, unusually in romance terms, to leave for a year on adventures of his own: a sort of sabbatical in the royal career that the romances normally confine him to. His adventures are a baroque collection: from a monstrous knight whose armour and horse are an integral part of him - a sort of centaur - to a combat against an army of spectres from which he is saved only by the scent of a flower from a magic tree; from a pont périlleux defended by a wheel mounted with razorsharp knife-blades, to a dwarf driven to despair by his monstrous son who was suckled by a unicorn . …

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