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Title Godefroi de Buillon / edited by Jan Boyd Roberts.

Published Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, [1996]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Store  843.1 GODE GA7    AVAILABLE
Uniform title Godefroi de Bouillon (Old French story)
Physical description xxvi, 147 pages ; 24 cm.
Series The Old French Crusade cycle ; v. 10.
Old French Crusade cycle ; v. 10.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page [xxv]-xxvi) and index.
Contents Plan of Publication vii -- I Old French Crusade Cycle ix -- II Manuscript ix -- III Summary of the Narrative xii -- IV Historical Element xiii -- V Language of the Text xvii -- VI Date of Godefroi de Buillon xxii -- VII Origin of the Scribe of Godefroi de Buillon xxiii -- VIII Editorial Policy xxiv -- Godefroi de Buillon -- La Naissance du Chevalier au Cygne 1 -- Le Chevalier au Cygne 7 -- Les Enfances Godefroi 17 -- La Chanson d'Antioche 31 -- Les Chetifs 63 -- La Chanson de Jerusalem 79.
Summary Godefroi de Buillon is an edition of folios 1 through 60 of Paris, Biblioth?que Nationale, fonds fran?ais 781, a prose version of the Old French Crusade Cycle dating from the close of the 13th century. It includes the Beatrix version of the Naissance du Chevalier au Cygne, Le Chevalier au Cygne, Les Enfances Godefroi, La Chanson dÕAntioche, Les Ch?tifs, and La Chanson de J?rusalem. It is of considerable interest for the history of French literature because it is apparently one of the earliest mises en prose, preceded perhaps only by Robert de BoronÕs prose Merlin. The author explicitly refers to his purpose: ÒlÕai commenchie sans rime pour lÕestore avoir plus abregiet et si me sanle que le rime est mout plaisans et mout bele mais mout est longue [I undertook it without rhyme to have it shorter, for it seems to me that rhyme is beautiful but very long]Ó (1:3-5). In fact, he has rendered the original verse into prose by two distinct methods. The Swan Knight branches of the Cycle are severely abbreviated. Collation with the verse texts is impossible; individual verses are only rarely identifiable. On the other hand, the more historically based branches are the product of an almost verse for line d?rimage, more often than not by the simple elimination of the second hemistich, as well as the elimination of repetitive, descriptive, and affective passages.
Language notes Text in Old French with critical matter in English.
Other author Roberts, Jan Boyd.
Subject Godfrey, of Bouillon, approximately 1060-1100. -- Fiction.
Crusades -- First, 1096-1099 -- Fiction.
ISBN 0817308555 (alk. paper)