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Guillaume d'Orange: Four Twelfth-Century Epics / Edition 2

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Overview

Guillaume d'Orange is the most extensive epic cycle of the Middle Ages. Set in the ninth century, the poems on the life of William of Orange grew out of several centuries of oral composition and were written down for the first time in the twelfth century. Changing and growing through the years, the poems reflect historical events from the ninth to the twelfth century.

Joan M. Ferrante writes in the Introduction, "History tells us little of the medieval William of Orange, but legend tells us a great deal. From the legends grew the most extensive epic cycle of the Middle Ages."

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Set in the ninth century, the epic cycle of four poems on the life of William of Orange (The coronation of Louis, The conquest of Orange, Aliscans, and William in the monastery) grew out of several centuries of oral composition, and reflect historical events from the ninth to the 12th century, when they were first written out. Translated with an introduction by Joan M. Ferrante. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231123532
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 3/7/2001
  • Series: Records of Western Civilization Series
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 311
  • Sales rank: 611,821
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan M. Ferrante is professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University.

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