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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $20.00
  • December 1994
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-96607-7
  • 544 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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Middle English Romances

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Stephen H. A. Shepherd (Editor, Loyola Marymount College)

 

This Norton Critical Edition presents significant examples of one of the most important bodies of English poetry written before the Renaissance.

The texts of the seven romances included—Havelok, Ywain and Gawain, Sir Orfeo, Sir Launfal, The Awntyrs off Arthure at the Terne Wathelyne, The Weddyng of Syr Gawen and Dame Ragnell, and The Sege off Melayne—are complete, authoritative (rendered from the best manuscripts), and comprehensively glossed and annotated for undergraduate readers. In addition to their literary importance, the seven romances were chosen because they shed light on other important Middle English texts.

"Sources and Backgrounds" offers comparative analogues (many complete) to each of the seven romances. These readings enable students to understand the genre in the context of related medieval ideas and attitudes.

"Criticism" collects four essays that provide a variety of perspectives on Middle English romances by Erich Auerbach, John Finlayson, A. C. Baugh, and Gisela Guddat-Figge.

A Selected Bibliography is also included.

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    Preface

    Reading Middle English

    Abbreviations

    Middle English Romances

    NURTURE AND CORRECTION

    1. Havelok
    2. Ywain and Gawain

    TRIAL AND ORDEAL

    1. Sir Orfeo
    2. Sir Launfal

    CHALLENGES TO THE ROUND TABLE

    1. The Awntyrs off Arthure at the Terne Wathelyne
    2. The Weddyng of Syr Gawn and Dame Ragnell for Helpyng of Kyng Arthoure

    HOLY WAR

    1. The Sege off Melayne

    Sources and Backgrounds

    HAVELOK

    1. Geffrei Gaimar, From L’Esoire des Engleis

    YWAIN AND GAWAIN

    1. Chrétien de Troyes, From Yvain

    SIR OFEO

    1. Boethius, From King Alfred’s Translation of The Consolation of Philosophy

    SIR LAUNFAL

    1. Sir Landevale

    THE AWNTYRS OFF ARTHURE AT THE TERNE WATHELYNE

    1. The Trental of St. Gregory
    2. Two Exempla from the Gesta Romanorum

    THE WEDDYNG OF SYR GAWN AND DAME RAGNELL FOR HELPYNG OF KYNG ARTHOURE

    1. The Marriage of Sir Gawaine

    THE SEGE OF MELAYNE

    1. Copystranus

    Criticism

    1. Erich Auerbach, The Knight Sets Forth
    2. John Finlayson, Definitions of Middle English Romance
    3. Albert C. Baugh, Improvisation in the Middle English Romance
    4. Gisela Guddat-Figge, The Audience of the Romances

    Selected Bibliography