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Middle English Romances

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The texts of the seven romances included Havelok, Ywain and Gawain, Sir Orfeo, Sir Launfal, The Awntyrs off Arthure at the Terne Wathelyne, The Weddyng of Syr Gawen and Dame Ragnell, and The Sege off Melayne are complete, authoritative (rendered from the best manuscripts), and comprehensively glossed and annotated for undergraduate readers. In addition to their literary im ...more
Paperback, 514 pages
Published December 17th 1994 by W. W. Norton & Company
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Natalie Moore Goodison
This is one of the seminal texts for studying Medieval Romances in Middle English. The texts include Havelock, Ywain and Gwain, Sir Orfeo, Sir Launfal (and Sir Landevale), The Awntyrs off Arthure, The Weddyng of Syr Gawen, and the Sege off Melayne. This anthology is for a beginner-- either undergrad or early postgrad, as every line is glossed with word definitions, many of which are simply unnecessary for anyone with a grasp of ME. However, the footnotes are excellent, demonstrating conceptual a ...more
This collection is very handy for a class on Middle English romances, as you might guess. It contains a few of the ballads -- including one of my favourites -- with good glosses and notes, and like all Norton editions, it contains some essays on the topic as well. Very useful, worth the purchase if this is something you're interested in.

(If you just want to look at a couple of ballads, though, go here instead. They do glosses, and there's tons of texts available. I recommend The Wedding of Sir G
A great selection of texts, well edited, with excellent supplementary materials. Can't believe this hasn't been updated since 1995! Come on, Norton.
Jeremy Dean
The Wedding of Syr Gawen and Dame Ragnell!
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