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Publication - Dr Marianne Ailes

    The Legend of Charlemagne in Medieval England

    The Matter of France in Middle English and Anglo-Norman Literature

    Citation

    Ailes, M & Hardman, P, 2017, ‘The Legend of Charlemagne in Medieval England: The Matter of France in Middle English and Anglo-Norman Literature’. Boydell & Brewer

    Abstract

    This is the first full-length study of the literary tradition of Charlemagne in England from the Chanson de Roland to Caxton. It investigates the currency and impact of Charlemagne narratives with equal attention to Middle English and French language texts, setting each manuscript or early printed text in its contemporary cultural and political context. The collaboration between a Middle English specialist and a medieval French specialist leads to a high level of contextual and textual knowledge. The analysis uses both translation theory and empirical research to further our understanding of the relationship between the major vernaculars of medieval England.

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