Michelant: Part 7

Still shocked by the murder committed on Escanor’s person, the Knights of the Round Table beg the king to resume his ordinary way of life; to respond to their wishes, he proposes to hold a great tournament at the next Pentecostal celebrations and he communicates his intentions to the queen who, according to custom, summons […]

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Michelant: Part 6

He [Gawain] then sees a group of young men and young ladies arriving while singing, who, at his request, tell him that they are from the White Mountain, and that their lord, who has no equal, is going to Carlion to engage in single combat; he continues on his way and he meets a new group […]

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Michelant: Part 5

At this point Gawain returns to Brittany; he is received with the very greatest welcome by the king to whom he relates all the treasons plotted against him; in public he offers the queen the bird that had led him astray, and introduces the friend of the Round Table le Bel Inconnu, who has come […]

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Michelant: Part 4

Then a knight arrives who announces to the king that [the region of] Brittany is outraged and that they would like them to send a determined knight like Gawain promptly in order to re-establish order; this man accepts the mission; in no time he conquers the malcontents and forces them to promise by oath that […]

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Michelant: Part 3

Canor, king of Northumberland, seeks to marry his only daughter, whose rejections have driven away all suitors up to now. Eager to find a son-in-law of equal worth and whose bravery could help keep her on the throne against their enemies, he has it announced at Bamburgh his capital, that [there will be] a huge […]

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Michelant: Part 2

With the first folio the biggest part of the introduction disappeared, of which there only remain four verses where the author tells us that he is called Gérard d’Amiens. In order to promote the value of his work, he announces that the subject (vi) was given to him by a great princess, of Spanish origins, […]

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Secondary translations to come

I will soon be posting, in short sections, an English translation of Henri Michelant’s introduction to his edition of Der Roman von Escanor. To keep the integrity of his introduction I have refrained from imposing modern punctuation, so some sentences are long or have a slightly more archaic turn of phrase. However, this is the […]

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Re: ‘aucun’ in Old French

Having spoken to a colleague in Old French, and consulting further dictionaries better suited to Escanor’s period (such as the Godefroy and Hindley/Langley/Levy’s Old French-English Dictionary), I have confirmed that in deliberating with the two translation possibilities for the passage previously posted, I in fact chose the wrong one! The passage does mean that ‘some […]

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