The Romance of the Rose

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This is a new translation of The Romance of the Rose, an allegorical account of the progress of a courtly love affair which became the most popular and influential of all medieval romances. In the hands of Jean de Meun, who continued de Lorris's work, it assumed vast proportions and embraced almost every aspect of medieval life from predestination and optics, to the Franciscan controversy and the right way to deal with premature hair-loss.

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This is a new translation of The Romance of the Rose, an allegorical account of the progress of a courtly love affair which became the most popular and influential of all medieval romances. In the hands of Jean de Meun, who continued de Lorris's work, it assumed vast proportions and embraced almost every aspect of medieval life from predestination and optics, to the Franciscan controversy and the right way to deal with premature hair-loss.

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This is the first complete English translation of what may have been one of the most widely distributed works of literature in its time. It was begun by Guillaume de Lorris around 1237 as an allegory of courtly love, and continued around 1277 by Jean de Meun who's added lines (4,059 through 21,780) changed the poem into a satire on medieval life<-->especially on women and marriage. Robbins taught at Bucknell University; Dunn at New York University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192839480
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Selective Bibliography
1 The Poet dreams a dream 3
2 The Dreamer comes to a garden wall 5
3 The Dreamer enters the Garden of Mirth 12
4 The Dreamer meets the companions of Sir Mirth 17
5 The God of Love pursues the Dreamer 26
6 The Poet tells the story of Narcissus 29
7 The Dreamer falls in love with the Rose 33
8 The God of Love makes the Lover his man 35
9 The Lover learns the Commandments of Love 43
10 The Lover learns the Pains of Love 48
11 The Lover learns the Remedies for the Pains of Love 54
12 Fair Welcome encourages the Lover 58
13 Danger frightens the Lover and drives away Fair Welcome 59
14 Reason advises the Lover to abjure the God of Love 64
15 The Lover gains a Friend 68
16 Franchise and Pity intercede for the Lover 71
17 The Lover succeeds of kissing the Rose 73
18 Evil Tongue arouses Jealousy against the Lover 76
19 Jealousy builds a castle in which to immure Fair Welcome and the Rose 81
Anonymous Conclusion 89
20 The Lover despairs 91
21 Reason remonstrates with the Lover 94
22 Reason contrasts Youth and Old Age 98
23 Reason expounds the higher love 102
24 Reason describes the Wheel of Fortune 105
25 Reason defines true happiness 108
26 Reason discourses on Wealth and Justice 111
27 Reason narrates the story of Virginia 118
28 Reason offers her love 122
29 Reason describes the ambiguous Isle of Fortune 125
30 Reason relates how Fortune treated Seneca and Nero 129
31 Reason recounts the story of Croesus and Phanie 134
32 Reason relates the story of Manfred 137
33 The Lover accuses Reason of lewdness 142
34 The Lover's Friend takes Reason's place 148
35 The Friend predicts that the Lover will succeed by bribery and deceit 153
36 The Lover revolts against the Friend's advice 158
37 The Friend explains Mad Largesse's means of access to Fair Welcome 160
38 The Friend expounds the Pains of Poverty 162
39 The Friend explains how gifts engender Love 166
40 The Friend contrasts the present with the Golden Age 169
41 The Friend tells how a Jealous Husband abuses his wife 171
42 The Jealous Husband tells the story of Heloise and Abelard 177
43 The Jealous Husband recalls the war between Beauty and Chastity 181
44 The Jealous Husband recounts how women have deceived men 183
45 The Friend tells how the Jealous Husband beats his wife 189
46 The Friend describes the decline in human happiness 191
47 The Friend teaches the Lover the art of love 195
48 The Lover goes to seek Fair Welcome 201
49 The God of Love pardons the Lover for listening to Reason, and promises aid 207
50 The God of Love summons barons and proposes a war to rescue Fair Welcome 210
51 Love's barons plan the war 216
52 The God of Love accepts the service of False Seeming, who recounts his deceits 220
53 False Seeming explains how the friars outwit priests 228
54 False Seeming explains his tricks and denounces mendicancy 232
55 False Seeming explains what mendicancy is permissible, and reveals his true nature 235
56 False Seeming and Forced Abstinence go as envoys to Evil Tongue 247
57 False Seeming kills Evil Tongue and enters the castle with Forced Abstinence 254
58 The Duenna acts as go-between for the Lover and Fair Welcome 258
59 The Duenna tells Fair Welcome the story of her life 264
60 The Duenna teaches Fair Welcome her theory of love 269
61 The Duenna tells the stories of Dido, Phyllis, Oenone, and Medea 273
62 The Duenna tells Fair Welcome how women gain men's love 277
63 The Duenna tells the story of Vulcan, Venus, and Mars 289
64 The Duenna concludes her exposition of love and the story of her life 296
65 Fair Welcome thanks the Duenna and agrees to receive the Lover 303
66 The Lover gains entry into the Castle of Jealousy 307
67 Danger again prevents the Lover from attaining the Rose 309
68 The Lover begs to be imprisoned with Fair Welcome, but his request is denied 312
69 Love's barons are summoned to save the Lover from a beating 317
70 The Poet apologizes for his book 318
71 The battle begins, and Danger overcomes Dame Franchise 322
72 Pity rescues Franchise and is attacked by Shame, but aided by Delight 326
73 Hide-Well overcomes Shame, but Fear defeats Hardihood 328
74 After a general battle, a truce is declared 330
75 Venus agrees to come to Love's aid 332
76 The truce is broken, and the Castle of Jealousy holds out against the God of Love 334
77 The Poet tells how Nature strives to contravene the work of Death 339
78 The Poet tells how Art strives with Nature 341
79 Nature goes to Genius for confession 347
80 Genius pictures the life of a man with an avaricious wife 349
81 Nature begins her confession 356
82 Nature discusses destiny and free will 365
83 Nature explains the influence of the heavens 380
84 Nature expounds the properties of mirrors and glasses 386
85 Nature discourses on dreams and frenzies 389
86 Nature discusses gentility 395
87 Nature absolves the heavens, elements, plants, birds, animals, and insects 401
88 Nature denounces mankind 403
89 Nature sends Genius to encourage the God of Love 409
90 Genius goes to reveal Nature's will to Cupid's hosts 411
91 Genius begins his exhortation to fecundity 413
92 Genius describes the life of the blest in Paradise 423
93 Genius gives an account of Jupiter's reign 425
94 Genius contrasts the Shepherd's Park with the garden of Sir Mirth 430
95 Love's barons prepare for the final assault on the Castle of Jealousy 438
96 Venus begins the attack on the Tower of Shame 440
97 The Poet tells the story of Pygmalion, and of Cinyras and Myrrha 441
98 Venus sets on fire and overthrows the Tower of Shame 451
99 The Lover makes his way into the Ivory Tower 454
100 The Lover wins his Rose 462
Selective List of Proper Names and Place Names 467
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