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Insular BooksVernacular manuscript miscellanies in late medieval Britain$
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Margaret Connolly and Raluca Radulescu

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265833

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265833.001.0001

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Texts in Conversation

Texts in Conversation

Charlemagne Epics and Romances in Insular Plural-text Codices

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Marianne Ailes

Phillipa Hardman

British Academy

The Anglo-Norman and Middle English manuscripts of the insular Charlemagne tradition are in many respects very different, but both may present the texts in material contexts that raise the question of how we define a miscellany. The texts often occur in compilations that have been described as miscellanies or whose contents appear to be miscellaneous in character; on examination, however, most prove to have some unifying or connecting feature that gives significant context to the placing of the Matter of France text(s). This chapter argues that all these manuscripts, in both languages, reveal evidence of meaningful compilation for different purposes, despite the apparent heterogeneity of their texts.

Keywords:   Matter of France, chanson de geste, Charlemagne romance, Anglo-Norman, diptych pair

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