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Tales from the Old French is a captivating anthology that introduces readers to a rich tapestry of medieval storytelling. Compiled by various authors, this collection transports readers back in time to the age of knights, chivalry, and courtly love.

The book is divided into several sections, each exploring different themes and narratives that make up the fabric of old French literature. The stories are masterfully written, showcasing the remarkable storytelling abilities of the authors. From epic tales of heroism to tender romances, readers will find themselves immersed in a world that is both familiar and enchantingly foreign.

What stands out in this anthology is the diversity of tales included. While the core of the stories revolves around themes of honor, love, and adventure, each story brings a unique perspective and a fresh voice. As readers move from one tale to the next, they are treated to a myriad of characters and settings that demonstrate the breadth of the old French literary tradition.

The language used in these tales is lyrical and poetic, adding to the charm of the narratives. The translators have done an excellent job preserving the essence of the original texts while ensuring accessibility for modern readers. The prose flows effortlessly, capturing the essence of each story and drawing readers deeper into the enchanting world of medieval France.

Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of this anthology is the timelessness of the narratives. Despite being centuries old, the themes explored in each tale remain relevant even in today's world. Love, honor, and the pursuit of one's destiny are universal concepts that resonate with readers of all ages and backgrounds.

While some may find the old French language and cultural references initially daunting, Tales from the Old French offers an invaluable exploration of a literary tradition that continues to inspire modern works. The footnotes and introductory notes provide readers with the necessary contextual understanding, allowing them to fully appreciate the nuances and subtleties of these medieval stories.

In conclusion, Tales from the Old French is a delightful anthology that brings together a treasure trove of narratives from the medieval era. With its captivating storytelling, timeless themes, and masterful translation work, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in old French literature or simply looking to be transported to a bygone era of knights and romance.

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Tales from the Old French

Translated by Isabel Butler

London Constable & Co. Ltd. Houghton Mifflin Co. Boston and New York Mdccccx

COPYRIGHT 1910 BY ISABEL BUTLER ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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Contents

¶ Lais

THE LAY OF THE BIRD 3 THE WOFUL KNIGHT Marie de France 17 THE TWO LOVERS Marie de France 26 ELIDUC Marie de France 35 MELION 73 THE LAY OF THE HORN Robert Biquet 93

¶ Fabliaux

THE DIVIDED BLANKET Bernier 111 OF THE CHURL WHO WON PARADISE 125 THE GRAY PALFREY Huon Leroi 131

¶ Contes dévots et didactiques

THE KNIGHT OF THE LITTLE CASK 173 THE ANGEL AND THE HERMIT 207 THE JOUSTING OF OUR LADY 228 THE ORDER OF CHIVALRY 232

¶ Epilogue 249

¶ Bibliography 263

¶ Translator's Note 264

Lais

The Lay of the Bird

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Once upon a time, a hundred years and more agone, there lived a rich villein; his name I know not for certain, but he was rich as beseemeth a great lord in woodland, stream and meadow, and in whatsoever else longeth to a puissant man... Continue reading book >>




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