A Companion to Wace (Paperback)

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Guide to the works of the twelfth-century chronicler Wace, setting him in his historical and cultural context.

The twelfth-century writer Wace is best known for his two influential works on the history of England (the Roman de Brut) and on the history of the Normans (the Roman de Rou), but despite this he has, until recently, been neglected. This book aims to provide a comprehensive overview of all his surviving works, including his hagiographical pieces, La Vie de sainte Marguerite, la Vie de saint Nicolas and La Conception Nostre Dame.Beginning with an examination of the historical and textual background necessary to an informed understanding of the poet, it moves on to discuss the manuscript tradition of each of Wace's poems, together with the sources that underlie each text, highlighting the additions, omissions and modifications made by the poet in adapting his material for new, non-Latinate audience. Particular attention is given to Wace's swan-song, the Roman de Rou, wherehis skill in combining history and romance is most clearly revealed.

Dr F. H. M. Le Saux teaches in the Department of French at the University of Reading.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781843842491
ISBN-10: 1843842491
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
Publication Date: March 18th, 2010
Pages: 314
Language: English