Crestien's Guillaume d'Angleterre / William of England: An Edition and Annotated Translation (Hardcover)
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The book is an edition with facing annotated translation of the 12th-century Medieval French popular romance Guillaume d'Angleterre. The claim to fame of this verse narrative is to have had its authorship attributed (falsely) to Chr tien de Troyes, the most famous of all 12th-century Medieval French narrative poets. It is a prototypical adventure romance and is entirely typical of a literary genre that has recently seen a renewal of interest among medieval literary critics.
An amusing tale of late 12th-century social mobility, the romance tells of a bewildering series of adventures that befall a fictitious king who deliberately abandons his royal status to enter the 'real' world of knights, wolves, pirates and merchants. His family, dispersed by events between Bristol, Galway and Caithness, are finally re-united with him at Yarmouth thanks to a climactic stag-hunt.
The book's format is designed for students of French, Medieval Studies, Comparative Literature and English, and for all medieval scholars interested in having available an English version of a typical medieval adventure romance. It is the first available and authoritative English translation of this text, and all of its critical material is new.