By Geoffrey M. Myers

The outdated French campaign Cycle contains a chain of epic poems that jointly shape a cycle in regards to the First campaign and the mythical occasions linked to Godefroi de Buillon. the full cycle includes 8 volumes, that are being released as enhancing is completed. In quantity V, Les Chetifs(The Captives), the magnificent adventures of a bunch of crusaders captured via the Saracens are acknowledged. the current variation is predicated at the top extant verse manuscript (Paris, Bibliotheque nationwide, Fonds Francais 12558), and the entire version studying are recorded from the opposite 9 surviving verse texts. an entire serious gear is supplied: notes, a desk of right names, a word list, and a bibliography. The version is preceded through an creation that offers a precis of earlier paintings during this box, an research of the motion of the epic, a dialogue of the manuscript culture, and a piece at the topography of the poem.

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Although lines 15 and 17 seem repetitive, especially in the second hemistiches, they are both retained by ACFT, while the others alter the second hemistich of l. 15 and conflate lines 1617. Again, ACFT (to which can be added Sp) all retain a version of lines 2124, 12 (though T conflates 1822), while D BEGIO want all trace. Similarly the lack of l. 28 in DIOGE is to be marked against ACFT, which all agree (while B alters the line), and then the omission of l. 35 by BIO and its replacement by another reading by EG, contrast with ACFT, this time joined by D.

328 note. 42. Urban T. , and W. M. McLeod, "Source problems of the Chetifs," p. 106. 43. Cf. also Pascual de Gayangos, La Gran Conquista de Ultramar, p. 317 col. 1 and 2; P fol. 43r col. l. 44. The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, ed. F. L. Cross, 2nd ed. (London, 1974), p. 1041. 45. Ordericus Vitalis, Historiae ecclesiasticae libri tredecim, ed. Auguste Le Prévost, 5 vols. (Paris, 18381855), 4: 257. Page xxxiv 46. In Itinéraires à Jérusalem et descriptions de la Terre Sainte réidigés en français aux XIe, XIIe & XIIIe siecles, eds.

Alongside a host of correct details of places in Syria and Palestine lie a number of hazy and ill-defined localities that appear to come from the author's imagination. For those places that are accurately indicated, especially those of religious interest, the author displays no more than a vicarious knowledge and quite likely borrowed them straight out of the original redactions of the Antioche and the Jérusalem. 63 For the rest the topography is interesting in that in a few cases, La Noire Montaigne, Le Val de Bacar, Margat, and perhaps Carcloie, the names given are those found at the time of the composition of Les Chétifs, and not those of the period in which the action takes place.

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