The Anglo-Norman Lay of Haveloc: Text and Translation

The Anglo-Norman Lay of Haveloc: Text and Translation


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The story of Haveloc first appears in the oldest chronicle of the kings of England Britain, Geffrei Gaimar's Estoire des Engleis, and it is found in a substantial number of later accounts of English history. It is unusual in that it seemingly deals with "real" persons and events; but although names for the prototypes of Haveloc and other personages have been put forward, any search for historical evidence has been largely fruitless. The Haveloc story remains a legend, indeed one of the most compelling legends of the Middle Ages. The Anglo-Norman lay of Haveloc survives in only two manuscripts, one (H) unedited since the nineteenth century and the other (P) since 1925. This volume provides new editions of both versions and an English facing-page translation of the version in H. Also included is a translation of the Haveloc episode in Gaimar's chronicle and an edition and translation of the various shorter chronicle accounts, in French, English and Latin, which continued into the seventeenth century and survive in a modern English folk-tale. Glyn S. Burgess is Emeritus Professor and Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Liverpool; Leslie C. Brook is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781843844136
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 07/16/2015
Series: Gallica Series , #37
Pages: 237
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Part I The Lay of Haveloc 3

Introduction 4

Haveloc (MS H): Edition and Translation 48

Notes 99

Appendix I Edition of MS P 112

Appendix II Gaimar's Haveloc Episode (English translation) 137

Part II The Shorter Versions of the Legend 149

I Versions in French 150

II Versions in English 176

III Versions in Latin 196

Summary 207

Bibliography 210

Indexes of Proper Names 221

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