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Debating the Roman de la Rose : A Critical Anthology - Christine McWebb

Debating the Roman de la Rose

A Critical Anthology

By: Christine McWebb (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 14th February 2007
ISBN: 9780415967655
Number Of Pages: 488

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Around the year 1400, the poet Christine de Pizan initiated a public debate in France over the literary truth and merit of the Roman of the Rose, perhaps the most renowned work of the French Middle Ages. She argued against what she considered to be misrepresentations of female virtue and vice in the Rose. Her bold objections aroused the support and opposition of some of the period's most famous intellectuals, notable Jean Gerson, whose sermons on the subject are important literary documents. The Quarrel of the Rose is the name given by modern scholars to the collection of these and other documents, including both poetry and letters, that offer a vivid account of this important controversy.


As the first dual-language version of the Quarrel documents, this volume will be of great interest to medievalists and an ideal addition to the Routledge Medieval Texts series. Along with translations of the actual debate epistles, the volume includes several relevant passages from the Romance of the Rose, as well as a chronology of events and ample biography of source materials.

Prefacep. xi
User Guidep. xvii
Introductionp. xxi
Italian Humanism and French Clericalism in the Fourteenth Centuryp. 1
Beginning of the Debate about the Roman de la rosep. 1
The Roman as Auctoritasp. 3
Gilles li Muisis (1272-1353)p. 3
Pierre Ceffonsp. 15
Raoul de Presles (1315-82)p. 16
The Debate about the Mendicantsp. 20
Philippe de Mezieres (1327-1405)p. 21
Jean le Fevre (ca. 1320-ca. 1390)p. 24
Antifeminism and the Jealous Husbandp. 26
Pierre Ceffonsp. 26
Matheolus (ca. 1295-?) and Jean le Fevrep. 27
Philippe de Mezieresp. 27
Le Mesnagier de Paris (anonymous; ca. 1393)p. 32
The Early Opponentsp. 34
Guillaume de Digulleville (1295-1358)p. 34
The Song of Songsp. 39
The Defense of Courtly Discourse and Moralsp. 45
The Poets' Reactionp. 45
Eustache Deschamps (ca.1346-ca.1406)p. 46
Philippe de Mezieres (1327-1405)p. 48
Christine de Pizan: The Debate before the Debatep. 50
1399: L'epistre au dieu d'amoursp. 50
1399-1400: Les enseignemens moraux que Cristine donne a son fillp. 92
1400: Le livre du debat de deux amansp. 94
The Debate Epistles (1401-1402)p. 107
February 1, 1402: Letter from Christine de Pizan to the Queen Isabeau de Baviere (1371-1435)p. 108
September 13, 1401: Christine's Explanatory Letterp. 112
September 13, 1401: Gontier Col Asks Christine to Send Him a Copy of Her Reply to Jean de Montreuil's Treatisep. 114
June/July 1401: Christine's Reaction to Jean de Montreuil's Treatise on the Roman de la rosep. 118
September 15, 1401: Gontier Col's Reply to Christine de Pizanp. 134
End of September, 1401: Christine Replies to the Above Letter from Gontier Colp. 136
October 2, 1402: Christine's Response to Pierre Colp. 140
The Architectonics of Voices (1401-1404)p. 199
May-June/July, 1401: Epistles by Jean de Montreuil (1354-1418)p. 199
February 1(?), 1402: Christine's Epistle to Guillaume de Tignonvillep. 216
1402: Christine's Voem Le dit de la rosep. 219
1401 or 1402: Pierre d'Ailly, Le jardin amoureux (1351-1420)p. 254
May 18, 1402: Jean Gerson's (1363-1429) Treatise against the Roman de la rosep. 272
End of Summer, 1402: Pierre Col's Reply to Christine de Pizan's and Jean Gerson's Treatisesp. 306
July/August, 1402: Epistle 154 by Jean de Montreuilp. 344
After October 30, 1402: Pierre Col Rephes to Christine de Pizanp. 348
December 1402: A Letter by Jean Gersonp. 352
December 1402-March 1403: Sermons of the Series Poenitemini by Jean Gersonp. 364
1403-1404: Epistle 152 by Jean de Montreuilp. 372
The Debate after the Debate and French Humanismp. 381
Christine de Pizan-1403-13p. 381
1403: Le livre de la mutacion de Fortunep. 381
1404-1405: Le livre de la cite des damesp. 388
1405: Le livre de I'advision Cristinep. 404
1408: Autres Ballades: Rondel and Ballade XXXVIIp. 412
1410: Le livre defais d'armes et de chevaleriep. 416
The Beginnings of French Humanismp. 420
Laurent de Premierfait (1360/70?-1418)p. 420
Variantsp. 429
Bibliographyp. 433
Indexp. 441
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ISBN: 9780415967655
ISBN-10: 0415967651
Series: Routledge Medieval Texts
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 488
Published: 14th February 2007
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.02
Weight (kg): 0.77
Edition Number: 1