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Parzival (Penguin Classics)
Parzival (Penguin Classics)
by Wolfram Von Eschenbach
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Composed in the early thirteenth century, Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival is the re-creation and completion of the story left unfinished by its initiator Chretien de Troyes. It follows Parzival from his boyhood and career as a knight in the court of... (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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Divine Comedy Volume 1 Inferno
Divine Comedy Volume 1 Inferno
by Dante/musa
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This vigorous translation of Inferno preserves Dante's simple, natural style, and captures the swift movement of the original Italian verse. Mark Musa's blank verse rendition of the poet's journey through the circles of Hell re-creates for the modern... (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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Divine Comedy Inferno
Divine Comedy Inferno
by Dante/musa
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This vigorous translation of the poet's journey through the circles of hell re-creates for the modern reader the rich meanings that Dante's poem had for his contemporaries. Musa's introduction and commentaries on each of the cantos brilliantly illuminate... (read more)

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The Divine Comedy: Inferno (Bantam Classics)
The Divine Comedy: Inferno (Bantam Classics)
by Dante Alighieri
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In this superb translation with an introduction and commentary by Allen Mandelbaum, all of Dante's vivid images--the earthly, sublime, intellectual, demonic, ecstatic--are rendered with marvelous clarity to read like the words of a poet born in our own... (read more)

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Beowulf (Signet Classics)
Beowulf (Signet Classics)
by Raffel
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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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The Divine Comedy
The Divine Comedy
by Dante Alighieri
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(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)   The Divine Comedy, translated by Allen Mandelbaum, begins in a shadowed forest on Good Friday in the year 1300. It proceeds on a journey that, in its intense recreation of the depths and the heights of human... (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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The story of Abelard and Heloise remains one of the world’s most dramatic and well-known love affairs. It is told through the letters of French philosopher Peter Abelard and his gifted pupil Heloise. Through their impassioned writings unfolds the... (read more)

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The Canterbury Tales
The Canterbury Tales
by Geoffrey Chaucer
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With their astonishing diversity of tone and subject matter, The Canterbury Tales have become one of the touchstones of medieval literature. Translated here into modern English, these tales of a motley crowd of pilgrims drawn from all walks of life—... (read more)

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Purgatorio #2: The Divine Comedy: Volume 2: Purgatory
Purgatorio #2: The Divine Comedy: Volume 2: Purgatory
by Dante
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Dante Alighieri was born in 1265. Considered Italy's greatest poet, this scion of a Florentine family mastered in the art of lyric poetry at an early age. His first major work is La Vita Nuova (1292) which is a tribute to Beatrice Portinari, the great... (read more)

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The Divine Comedy, Volume 1: Hell (The Inferno)
The Divine Comedy, Volume 1: Hell (The Inferno)
by Dante Alighieri
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This story begins in a shadowed forest on Good Friday in the year of our Lord 1300. It proceeds on a journey that, in its intense re-creation of the depths and the heights of human experience, has become the key with which Western civilization has sought... (read more)

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Paradiso
Paradiso
by Dante
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The Divine Comedy is a complete scale of the depths and heights of human emotion," wrote T.S. Eliot. "The last canto of the Paradiso is to my thinking the highest point that poetry has ever reached or ever can reach." The Divine Comedy stands as one of... (read more)

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Willehalm
Willehalm
by W Von Eschenbach
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Wolfram von Eschenbach (fl. c. 1195-1225), best known as the author of Parzival, based Willehalm, his epic poem of military prowess and courtly love, on the style and subject matter of an Old French chanson de geste. In it he tells of the love of... (read more)

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Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri #0001: Inferno
Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri #0001: Inferno
by Dante
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This is the first volume of a new prose translation of Dante's epic - the first in twenty-five years. Robert Durling's translation brings a new power and accuracy to the rendering of Dante's extraordinary vision of Hell, with its terror, pathos, and... (read more)

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Purgatorio (Bantam Classic)
Purgatorio (Bantam Classic)
by Dante
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This story begins in a shadowed forest on Good Friday in the year of our Lord 1300. It proceeds on a journey that, in its intense re-creation of the depths and the heights of human experience, has become the key with which Western civilization has sought... (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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The Treasure of the City of Ladies
The Treasure of the City of Ladies
by Christine De Pizan
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‘If she wants to win, she must adopt a mans heart (in other words, constant, strong and wise) to consider and to pursue the best course of action Written by Europes first professional woman writer, The Treasure of the City of Ladies offers advice... (read more)

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The Selected Writings of Christine de Pizan: New Translations, Criticism (Norton Critical Edition)
The Selected Writings of Christine de Pizan: New Translations, Criticism (Norton Critical Edition)
by Christine De Pizan
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'This Norton Critical Edition presents selections from eighteen of Christine\"s major works in fresh, contemporary translations.  Each text is fully annotated and is accompanied by an introduction placing it in the context of Christine\"s oeuvre and... (read more)

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