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Torrent of Portyngale.

Early English Text Society. Extra Series, No. LI. 1887.

Berlin: Asher & Co., 5, Unter Den Linden. New York: C. Scribner & Co.; Leypoldt & Holt. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co.


Re Edited

From the Unique MS. in the Chetham Library, Manchester,


E. ADAM, Ph.D.

London: Publisht for the Early English Text Society By N. Trübner & Co., 57 & 59, Ludgate Hill. MDCCCLXXXVII.




Extra Series. LI. Richard Clay & Sons, Limited, London & Bungay.

Torrent of Portyngale.


§ 1. The MS. and Halliwell’s edition , p. v.

§ 2. Metre and Versification , p. vi.

§ 3. Dialect , p. x; short vowels , p. xi; long vowels , p. xii; inflexions , p. xiii.

§ 4. a. The contents of the Romance , p. xvi; b. its character , p. xx; c. Origin of the story of Torrent , p. xxi; d. Legend of Eustache or Plasidas , p. xxii; e. Sir Isumbras , p. xxiv; f. Romances of Octavian , p. xxv; g. Sir Eglamour , p. xxvi; h. Comparison of Torrent and Eglamour , p. xxvii; i. the 2 Romances independent , p. xxx.

§ 5. Arrangement of this Edition , p. xxxii.

§ 1. The manuscript from which the following romance of Sir Torrent of Portugal is taken, is a folio volume on paper, of the fifteenth century, preserved in the Chetham Library at Manchester.

A description of this volume is given by Halliwell in his Account of the European MSS. in the Chetham Library at Manchester , Manchester, 1842, page 16, and by Prof. Koelbing in his Englische Studien , vii. 195. The only edition of this romance that we have hitherto had was done by Halliwell. As he had, besides his own transcript, another copy made by Madden, his text is a pretty accurate one, and therefore the results of Prof. Koelbing’s collation, printed in his Englische Studien , vii. 344 ff., concern, for the most part, things of little importance, except one very curious passage, l... Continue reading book >>

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