A critical edition of Anseis de Cartage.
Ansei:'1de Cartage is a chanson de geste which belongs to the cycle du Roi and
probably dates from the period 1230-50. Unlike the only previous edition of this
poem, published in ]892, which was based on an idiosyncratic manuscript and
followed the principles of the 'Scientific' school, this edition aims to provide a
faithful reading of the text in the chosen base manuscript, Paris, Bibliotheque
Nationale, fonds francais, 12548, with the minimum of editorial intervention. All
known manuscripts of the poem have been used in constructing a full corpus of
variant readings for the first eighty-four laisses (vv. 1-3014) and for certain later
sections. including samples which contain lines appearing in the surviving
fragments as well as in the manuscripts of the complete or nearly complete text.
The introduction begins with a chapter giving a summary of the poem,
differences in the narrative according to the various manuscripts being noted. The
next chapter comprises a description and classification of the manuscripts, the
reasons for the choice of the base manuscript, and the principles and conventions
adopted in establishing the text. The third contains sections on the style and
versification of the poem, the poet's language, and the language of the base
manuscript. The fourth chapter surveys the sources from which the poem draws its
material. Evidence for dating the work and the question of authorship are examined
in the fifth chapter. Finally, references to the poem and material derived from it in
other works are studied in Chapter 6. Notes on the text, a bibliography, a full table
of proper names, which lists all references to each name, and a selective glossary
complete the edition.