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Histories of Gargantua & Pantagruel
Histories of Gargantua & Pantagruel
by Rabelais/cohen
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A masterly new translation of Rabelais's robust scatalogical comedy Parodying everyone from classic authors to his own contemporaries, the dazzling and exuberant stories of Rabelais expose human follies with mischievous and often obscene humor. Gargantua... (read more)

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The Song of Roland (Penguin Classics)
The Song of Roland (Penguin Classics)
by Dorothy L Sayers
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The poem's vivid set pieces--the treason of Ganelon, the last stand of Roland at Roncesvals, Charlemagne's campaign of vengeance, and the final act of retribution--are justly famous.... (read more)

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Gargantua and Pantagruel
Gargantua and Pantagruel
by Francois Rabelais
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A masterly new translation of Rabelais’s robust scatalogical comedy Parodying everyone from classic authors to his own contemporaries, the dazzling and exuberant stories of Rabelais expose human follies with mischievous and often obscene humor... (read more)

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Lais of Marie De France : New Edition ((Rev)99 Edition)
Lais of Marie De France : New Edition ((Rev)99 Edition)
by Marie Defrance
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"Lais" are short stories in verse based on Breton tales, depicting a moment of crisis in a love relationship. These are the finest examples of the genre, written by the French poet, Marie de France, during the 12th century.... (read more)

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Poems
Poems
by Francois Villon
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One of the most original and influential European poets of the Middle Ages, François Villon took his inspiration from the streets, taverns, and jails of Paris. Villon was a subversive voice speaking from the margins of society. He wrote about... (read more)

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The Heptameron (Penguin Classics)
The Heptameron (Penguin Classics)
by Marguerite De Navarr
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Five men and five women, seeking refuge in an abbey, share stories about the relationship between men and women, husbands and wives, and the individual and society.... (read more)

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The Lady as Saint: A Collection of French Hagiographic Romances of the Thirteenth Century (Middle Ages)
The Lady as Saint: A Collection of French Hagiographic Romances of the Thirteenth Century (Middle Ages)
by Brigitte Cazelles
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The thirteenth century was the golden age of French verse hagiography, and more than half of the two hundred extant French saints' lives date from this period. Among the saints exalted are thirteen female martyrs and hermits of early Christianity. In The... (read more)

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The Song of Roland (Penguin Classics)
The Song of Roland (Penguin Classics)
by Glyn Burgess
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Based on the massacre in 778 of CharlemagneÆs rearguard at Roncesvalles in northern Spain, The Song of Roland transforms a legendary defeat into an epic clash between Christianity and paganism. At the heart of the poem is the account of the warrior... (read more)

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Erec and Enide
Erec and Enide
by Chretien De Troyes
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In this new verse translation of one of the great works of French literature, Dorothy Gilbert captures the vivacity, wit, and grace of the first known Arthurian romance. Erec and Enide is the story of the quest and coming of age of a young knight, an... (read more)

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The Lais of Marie de France
The Lais of Marie de France
by Marie De France
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Ancient European stories come to life in the poetry of a now-forgotten medieval woman writer.... (read more)

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The City of Ladies (Penguin Great Ideas)
The City of Ladies (Penguin Great Ideas)
by Christine De Pizan
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The perfect books for the true book lover, Penguins Great Ideas series features twelve more groundbreaking works by some of historys most prodigious thinkers. Each volume is beautifully packaged with a unique type-driven design that highlights the... (read more)

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The Finding of the Grail: Retold from Old French Sources
The Finding of the Grail: Retold from Old French Sources
by Patricia Ann Terry
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"A new romance that is astonishingly effective and true to its models, virtually seamless. . . . This is a fresh, lively, and historically informed retelling of the Perceval story as the French nobility of the 12th and 13th centuries might have... (read more)

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Ganelon, Treason & the Chanson de Roland
Ganelon, Treason & the Chanson de Roland
by Emanuel Mickel
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This work probes the question of Ganelon's treason within the context of medieval law and the epic poem. Since the beginning of studies on the medieval epic tradition, scholars have debated what to make of Ganelon's role in the epic and his defense at... (read more)

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Aucassin and Nicolete
Aucassin and Nicolete
by Andrew Lang
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Who Would List To The Good Lay Gladness Of The Captive Grey? 'tis How Two Young Lovers Met, Aucassin And Nicolete, Of The Pains The Lover Bore And The Sorrows He Outwore.... (read more)

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A History of the Franks
A History of the Franks
by Gregory Of Tours
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Written in the 6th century by the Bishop of Tours, Historia Francorum is a ten volume work that recounts the world's history from creation, focusing on the movement of Christianity into Gaul. From the life of Saint Martin of Tours to the conversion of... (read more)

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Chronicles
Chronicles
by Froissart
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Includes bibliographical references and index.... (read more)

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The Book of the Duke of True Lovers
The Book of the Duke of True Lovers
by Christine De Pizan
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Written in 1405, this charming tales of courtly romance follows the progress of a clandestine love affair between a young knight, the Duke, and a married noblewoman. Out hunting one day, the Duke finds himself near a castle and is invited inside to greet... (read more)

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Fabliaux (13 Edition)
Fabliaux (13 Edition)
by Nathaniel E. Dubin
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Composed between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries, these virtually unknown erotic and satiric poems lie at the root of the Western comic tradition. Passed down by the anticlerical middle classes of medieval France, The Fabliaux depicts priapic... (read more)

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Yvain: The Knight of the Lion
Yvain: The Knight of the Lion
by Chretien De Troyes
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The twelfth century French poet Chretien de Troyes is a major figure in European literature. Now, for the first time, and experienced translator of medieval verse who is himself a poet provides a translation of Chretien's major poem, Yvain, in verse that... (read more)

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The Book of the City of Ladies
The Book of the City of Ladies
by Christine De Pizan
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In dialogues with three celestial ladies, Reason, Rectitude, and Justice, Christine de Pizan (1365-ca. 1429) builds an allegorical fortified city for women using examples of the important contributions women have made to Western Civilization and... (read more)

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