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'Floire and Blancheflor' and the European Romance : Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature - Patricia E. Grieve

'Floire and Blancheflor' and the European Romance

Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature

Hardcover Published: 28th April 1997
ISBN: 9780521431620
Number Of Pages: 258

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This comparative study examines a medieval love story, Floire and Blancheflor, and shows how writers from Spain, France, Italy, England, and Scandinavia reworked the story from the twelfth to the sixteenth century to develop and emphasise social, political, religious and artistic goals, while maintaining its entertaining qualities. It shows the importance of a little-known medieval Spanish version to the development of the story throughout Europe, and especially as a precursor to Boccaccio's Il Filocolo, and examines important issues of the development of prose fiction in medieval and Renaissance Europe. This study is unique for its breadth of coverage of one story and for its inclusion of Spain as a significant participant in the development of medieval narrative.

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'[Grieve's] summary of the origin and diffusion of Floire and Blancheflor throughout Europe, her account of the different families of texts and their witnesses are faultlessly presented, and they constitute, together with the bibliographic information, a useful guide to the textual history of Floire and Blancheflor in medieval Europe. This is a study of the greatest importance ... an impressive survey of all European versions of Floire and Blancheflor marked throughout by fine critical acumen ... a true landmark in Floire and Blancheflor scholarship.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review '... a welcome addition to Floire and Blancheflor scholarship.' Medium Aevum

Floire and Blancheflor as Peregrinus
Texts and origins
The Road to Conversion
Cunning and ingenuity or divine intervention?
Signs, wonders and the telling of the tale
Routes of conversion: time and space
Generic crossroads
Epilogue: poetics of communication
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ISBN: 9780521431620
ISBN-10: 052143162X
Series: Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 258
Published: 28th April 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.55