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Medieval Storybook

Edited by Morris Bishop
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Cornell University Press, Ithaca, United States
Published: 31st Jul 1970
Dimensions: w 140mm h 220mm
ISBN-10: 0801405629
ISBN-13: 9780801405624
Barcode No: 9780801405624

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The fictional, and for the most part familiar, literature of the early Middle Ages is represented here in thirty-five stories selected (and sometimes translated) by Mr. Bishop. Although a number of the works are anonymous, there is no neglect of the notables from this period: Sir Thomas Malory, Boccaccio, Chaucer, and Marie de France. The collection is divided into thematic interests, from the romances of the Round Table to the moralizing fables used in medieval sermons. There is an expansive panoply of handsome knights "high in heart but poor in havings," beautiful princesses awaiting forbidden lovers, dragons, magic, minstrels and moral sages. The literary historian and period student will enjoy the first versions of the Portia story, the Hamlet tragedy, and the search for the Holy Grail. To intrigue the curious is "The Life of Saint Brandon" in which some scholars find evidence of pre-Columbian odysseys. The author offers short introductions of two or three sentences to the selections and the only qualification might be that the modernized translations are occasionally ehcrusted with Middle English archaisms. (Kirkus Reviews)