minstrel: online poetry book

Greg Lindahl lindahl at pbm.com
Mon Mar 29 10:49:43 PST 2004

I thought this one looked interesting:


The Honeysuckle and the Hazel Tree: Medieval Stories of Men and Women
Patricia A. Terry, translator

Known for her fine translations of octosyllabic narrative verse,
Patricia Terry presents translations of four major practitioners of
this dominant literary form of twelfth- and thirteenth-century
France. Her introduction discusses the varying views of women and love
in the texts and their place in the courtly tradition.From Chrétien
de Troyes Terry includes an early work, Philomena, here translated
into verse for the first time. The other great writer of this period
was Marie de France, the first woman in the European narrative
tradition. Lanval is newly translated for this edition, which also
features four of Marie's other poems. The collection further includes
The Reflection by Jean Renart, known for his realistic settings; and
the anonymous Chatelaine of Vergi, a fatalistic and perhaps more
modern depiction of love.  Publication Date: 6/22/1995

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