Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Anglo-Norman Lay of Haveloc: Text and Translation

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Anglo-Norman Lay of Haveloc: Text and Translation

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The Anglo-Norman Lay of Haveloc: Text and Translation, ed. and trans. Glyn S. Burgess and Leslie C. Brook, Gallica 37 (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2015). 230 pp. ISBN 978-1-84384413-6. ?75.00. This publication marks the culmination of a project spanning two decades which has sought to make available all twenty-three of the non-Marie lais. The Lay of Haveloc (Dean #180) is one of the most accomplished of the many Insular versions of the narrative material first told by Gaimar, and is richly deserving of the thorough treatment that it receives here. The text is edited on the basis of MS H (London, College of Arms, Arundel XIV), last published in 1888, and thus avoids duplicating Bell's 1925 edition of MS P (Cologny-Geneve, Bibliotheca Bodmeriana, Codex Bodmer 82), a new edition of which is included in an appendix. The critical text is carefully established and reliably translated: the only criticisms would concern some irregularity in the indication of diaeresis and the treatment of agglutination, and an editorial approach which is so conservative that obvious corrections such as s[err]eit 223 and igniel [le] pas 836 are not implemented even when indicated by the metre and the other copy. …

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