The Cambridge Companion to Medieval French Literature

The Cambridge Companion to Medieval French Literature

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Medieval French literature encompasses 450 years of literary output in Old and Middle French, mostly produced in Northern France and England. These texts, including courtly lyrics, prose and verse romances, dits amoureux and plays, proved hugely influential for other European literary traditions in the medieval period and beyond. This Companion offers a wide-ranging and stimulating guide to literature composed in medieval French from its beginnings in the ninth century until the Renaissance. The essays are grounded in detailed analysis of canonical texts and authors such as the Chanson de Roland, the Roman de la Rose, Villon's Testament, ChrActien de Troyes, Machaut, Christine de Pisan and the Tristan romances. Featuring a chronology and suggestions for further reading, this is the ideal companion for students and scholars in other fields wishing to discover the riches of the French medieval tradition.His betrayal of the rearguard for bribes goes against theideal transparency of exchange that obtains among the Franks. ... won through conquest or acquired in public gift-exchange a€“ overshadows whatever Charlemagne might give him and thus ... Ganelona#39;s refusal to endorse the Rolanda#39;s vision of the feudal game may amount to treachery but it also finds anecho in ... of his personal loss and his single-minded defiance of his courtiers mark his presentation in later poems: for example, anbsp;...

Title:The Cambridge Companion to Medieval French Literature
Author:Simon Gaunt, Sarah Kay
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2008-04-10


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