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Beowulf: A New Verse Translation
Beowulf: A New Verse Translation
by Seamus Heaney
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"I resignedly picked it up at last on the tail end of a history binge, telling myself, 'Okay, I'm finally going to slog through it. Just get it over with.' And I discovered all my trepidation had been for naught. This isn't an 'accessible for a scholarly... (read more)

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The Book of the Courtier
The Book of the Courtier
by Castiglione
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‘The courtier has to imbue with grace his movements, his gestures, his way of doing things and in short, his every action’ In The Book of the Courtier (1528), Baldesar Castiglione, a diplomat and Papal Nuncio to Rome, sets out to define the... (read more)

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Parzival: A Romance of the Middle Ages
Parzival: A Romance of the Middle Ages
by Wolfram Von Eschenbach
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Saga of the Volsungs : the Norse Epic of Sigurd the Dragon Slayer (90 Edition)
Saga of the Volsungs : the Norse Epic of Sigurd the Dragon Slayer (90 Edition)
by Jesse L. Byock
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Legends from the Ancient North: Five classics of Norse literature that inspired J. R. R. Tolkien's epic vision in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Legendary fantasy writer J. R. R. Tolkien spent much of his life studying, translating, and teaching... (read more)

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Purgatorio (Bantam Classic)
Purgatorio (Bantam Classic)
by Dante
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The Decameron
The Decameron
by Giovanni Boccaccio
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Giovanni Boccaccio was born in Florence, Italy, in 1313, and he died there in 1375. His life thus coincided with the flowering of the early Renaissance and indeed his closest friend was Petrarch, the other towering literary figure of the period. During... (read more)

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The Portable Dante
The Portable Dante
by Dante
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Mark Musa is a professor at the Center for Italian Studies at Indiana University. A former Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellow, Musa is the author of a highly acclaimed translation of Dante's Divine Comedy. Mark Musa is a professor at the Center for Italian... (read more)

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The Fabliaux: A New Verse Translation
The Fabliaux: A New Verse Translation
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, depicts priapic priests, randy... (read more)

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Who Murdered Chaucer"": A Medieval Mystery
Who Murdered Chaucer"": A Medieval Mystery
by Terry Jones
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In this spectacular work of historical speculation Terry Jones investigates the mystery surrounding the death of Geoffrey Chaucer over 600 years ago. A diplomat and brother-in-law to John of Gaunt, one of the most powerful men in the kingdom, Chaucer was... (read more)

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Piers Plowman (Norton Critical Edition)
Piers Plowman (Norton Critical Edition)
by William Langland
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Astonishing in its cultural and theological scope, William Langland's iconoclastic masterpiece is at once a historical relic and a deeply spiritual vision, probing not only the social and religious aristocracy but also the day-to-day realities of a... (read more)

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Book of the City of Ladies (99 Edition)
Book of the City of Ladies (99 Edition)
by Christine De Pizan
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Christine de Pizan (c.1364-1430) was France's first professional woman of letters. Her pioneering Book of the City of Ladies begins when, feeling frustrated and miserable after reading a male writer's tirade against women, Christine has a dreamlike... (read more)

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The Romance of Tristan and Iseult (Vintage Classics)
The Romance of Tristan and Iseult (Vintage Classics)
by Joseph Bedier
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: Patience; And Pearl: Verse Translations
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: Patience; And Pearl: Verse Translations
by Marie Borroff
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"These translations by Marie Borroff not only are one of the great achievements of the translator's craft but are works of art in their own right."--Lee Patterson, Frederick W. Hilles Professor of English and Chairman of Medieval Studies, Yale University.... (read more)

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The Divine Comedy: The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradiso
The Divine Comedy: The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradiso
by Dante Alighieri and John Ciardi
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A stunning 3-in-1 deluxe edition of one of the great works of Western literature An epic masterpiece and a foundational work of the Western canon, The Divine Comedy describes Dante's descent into Hell with Virgil as his guide; his ascent of Mount... (read more)

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The Canterbury Tales (Bantam Classics)
The Canterbury Tales (Bantam Classics)
by Geoffrey Chaucer
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“A delight . . . [Raffels translation] provides more opportunities to savor the counterpoint of Chaucers earthy humor against passages of piercingly beautiful lyric poetry.”—Kirkus Reviews “Masterly . . . This new translation... (read more)

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The Letters of Abelard and Heloise (Penguin Classics)
The Letters of Abelard and Heloise (Penguin Classics)
by Abelard
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Peter Abelard (1079–1142) was the greatest logician of the twelfth century. He taught in Paris, where Heloise (1101–1164) was his pupil when they met. For generations, Heloise has been the name in household advice. Continuing in the... (read more)

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Beowulf: Old English Edition (Penguin Classics)
Beowulf: Old English Edition (Penguin Classics)
by Michael Alexander
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Beowulf stands at the head of English literature; a poem of historical interest and epic scope. Although the first manuscript of Beowulf dates from around the year 1000 CE, it is thought that the poem existed in its present form from the year 850... (read more)

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Vita Nuova
Vita Nuova
by Dante
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"An accurate and readable translation with useful introduction and notes, very suitable for classes on "Dante-in-translation."--Steven Botterill, University of California... (read more)

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The Song of Roland
The Song of Roland
by Frederick Goldin
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No king, no captain ever stood with better. Roland looks up on the mountains and slopes, sees the French dead, so many good men fallen, and weeps for them, as a great warrior weeps: "Barons, my lords, may God give you his grace, may he grant Paradise to... (read more)

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The Canterbury Tales
The Canterbury Tales
by Geoffrey Chaucer
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Nevill Coghills masterly and vivid modern English verse translation with all the vigor and poetry of Chaucers fourteenth-century Middle English In The Canterbury Tales Chaucer created one of the great touchstones of English literature, a... (read more)

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