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Six Middle English Romances

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This selection contains, for the first time in one volume, the complete texts of six romances belonging to the central tradition of English romance--writing in tail--rhyme stanzas. All the works show a peculiarly English concern with piety, heroism and suffering. They are relatively short and share certain story patterns, themes, motifs and character types.
Published (first published 1973)
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This edition seems good in that it has a worthwhile introduction and helpful marginal glosses, along with footnotes translating obscure lines (as opposed to obscure words in the margin). It also has a commentary at the back that can be ignored but I felt offered interesting and useful additional information and clarification. Occasionally I thought that lines and words that were obvious were glossed and lines and words that were obscure remained unannotated but then, that seems to happen to me e ...more
Picked this up for Emaré, but it's a good edition in general, with glosses beside all the difficult lines and helpful footnotes as well. Emaré is an interesting romance, focused on a female central character -- in fact, I think it reminded me more of the Anglo-Saxon Life of St Eugenia than of the French romances. It's pretty typically Middle English, though, too, with the threat and danger coming from within the family.

It's easy to read even without the glosses, though that might be partially du
Aug 22, 2012 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Six English romances, all in Middle English, which is such a help, considering most editions of medieval texts are in translation. The romances are funny and poignant. A lovely read and full of moments to mull over in the days to come.
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