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Title: Fierabras and the Livre de Charlemaine in London, British Library, MS Royal 15 .E. VI : an edition and study
Author: Bailey, Jade Anushka
ISNI:       0000 0004 5357 9554
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2014
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British Library MS Royal 15.E.VI, sometimes called the Shrewsbury Book, is a fifteenth-century anthology of French chansons de geste, romances, chronicles and military treatises on the theme of chivalry. Commissioned by Sir John Talbot, 1st Earl of Shrewsbury and captain of Rouen during the Lancastrian occupation, it was presented to the new queen of England, Marguerite d' Anjou, as a wedding gift in 1445. The second item in the anthology is a collection of three chansons de geste from the geste du roi, presented together as the Livrede Charlemaine. The subject of this thesis is an edition and study of the manuscript's redaction of the third of these chansons de geste, Fierabras. Despite the considerable scholarship that this codex has generated, very little work has been done on the texts themselves, and the Livre de Charlemaine texts -'-- copied from texts composed in the twelfth or thirteenth centuries - have never been edited. This thesis makes available for the first time an edition of this fifteenth-century version of Fierabras, - ) offering a detailed analysis of the text in relation to the wider tradition, and assesses its contribution to the manuscript. Part One considers the Livre de Charlemaine and Fierabras in context, following a 'broad-to-narrow' approach that begins with a description of the manuscript, moving through a discussion of the existing scholarship relating to the anthology's purpose and its creation and an examination -of its textual and visual representations of Charlemagne, leading finally to an in-depth analysis of the text of Fierabras itself and its relationship to the tradition. Part Two presents my critical edition to the first 1,138 lines of the text, including critical notes and editorial principles. A,basic edition of the remainder of the poem (without notes) is included as an appendix.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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