The Joys of Old French

Literature

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If you enjoy our readings and are interested in more of the similar or akin, here are some of the other Medieval French works referred to over the course of the readings. They are arranged in approximate chronological order of composition:

12TH C.

  • Abelard and Heloise, Letters (original in Latin, first French translation by Jean de Meun in the 13th c., many translations available)
  • La Chanson de Roland
  • Chrétien de Troyes, Romans: Erec et Enide, Cligès, Le Chevalier de la Charrett (Lancelot), Le Chevalier au lion (Yvain), Le Conte du Graal (Perceval)
  • Andreas Capellanus, De Amore (original in Latin; English translation as On Courtly Love)
  • Marie de France, Lais

FIN-DE-SIECLE AND EARLY 13TH C.

  • Aucassin et Nicolette
  • Floire et Blanchefleur
  • Renaut de Beaujeu, Le Bel inconnu
  • Le Roman de Jaufré
  • Le Roman des Sept sages de Rome (early 13th c.; one of several versions and variants: earlier versions in Sanskrit, Persian, Greek, and Arabic; Jean de Hauteseille 12th c. Latin translation)
  • Guillaume de Lorris, Le Roman de la Rose (early 13th c.)
  • La Châtelaine de Vergy
  • (progressive collection/episodic compilation, over the 12th-14th c.) Le Roman de Renart
  • (ditto, 12th-14th c.) Fabliaux érotiques
  • (mainly 12th-13th c.) Nouvelles courtoises françaises et occitanes: inc. Raimon Vidal de Besalú, Castia gilos; Arnaut de Carcassés, Novas del Papagay

MID 13TH C.

  • (Guillaume de Lorris and) Jean de Meun, Le Roman de la Rose

LATE 13TH C.

  • Jakemes, Le Chastelain de Coucy et la Dame de Fayel
  • Heldris de Cornüalle, Le Roman de Silence
  • Le Roman de Flamenca (in Occitan, but English translations and French parallel-texts available)

14TH-15TH C.

  • Guillaume de Machaut, Le Livre du Voir dit
  • Jean Froissart, Dits
  • Alain Chartier, La Belle Dame sans merci

The editions from which our texts have been excerpted are most often available in affordable paperback parallel-text editions that are in print and should be available from Dublin libraries (TCD, UCD, public libraries c/o interlibrary loan). If you wish to buy your own copies of the full texts, the following online retailers are efficient and economical (in AB order): ABEbooksAlapageAmazon.frChapitreFnacLa Librairie du Moyen Âge

SOME ONLINE RESOURCES
for Old French literature, and some free Old French texts.

FREE TEXTS ONLINE IN GENERAL

Athena

Bibliotheca Augustana (Prof. Ulrich Harsch, Fachhochschule Augsburg)

Bibliothèque Nationale de France, inc. some medieval texts from the Classiques Garnier series. Warnings: clunky navigation, creative pagination, exceptionally slow download, a tendency to crash, and actually saving a PDF for later consumption requires Reynardian cunning.

ORB: Reference Shelf

Perseus Digital Library

Project Gutenberg: excellent for out-of-copyright translations

University of Virginia Library Digital Collections

VOS: Voice of the Shuttle

MEDIEVAL FRENCH LITERATURE ONLINE (ESPECIALLY HYPERPROJECTS)

Anglo-Norman Online Hub (Aberystwyth University and Swansea University)

Base de Français Médiéval (ENS Lyon; currently out of action)

French Medieval Drama Database Project (Brigham Young University)

Globe-Gate (University of Tennessee)

Lives of the Saints (University of Virginia)

Online Froissart (University of Sheffield, University of Liverpool, and AHRC)

Partonopeus de Blois (University of Sheffield and AHRC)

Princeton Charrette Project (1st phase: Princeton University; 2nd phase: Baylor University)

Roman de la Rose Digital Libary (Johns Hopkins University and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France)

SATORBASE: Société d’analyse de la topique romanesque (McMaster University, Université de Montréal, Université de Paris VII)

MEDIEVAL LITERATURE ONLINE (NOT ONLY OR SPECIFICALLY FRENCH)
– and about it, and general Medieval reference; including Arthuriana

ARLIMA: Archives de littérature du Moyen Âge

Arthuriana and Arthurnet

École Nationale des Chartes

Camelot Project

Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts

Centre d’Études des Textes Médiévaux: Liens

Debora B. Schwartz’s Web Resources and Online Readings

Digital Scriptorium

Feminae

FMRSI: Forum for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Ireland (maintains lots of links; and welcomes new members – see specs on the FMRSI home page)

Hill Museum and Manuscript Library Visual Resources Online

Internet Medieval Sourcebook

Labyrinth

Manuscripta Mediaevalia

Manuscriptorium

NetSerf

Online Medieval and Classical Library

ORB

Performing Medieval Narrative Today

PIMS: Internexus

Reti Medievali

Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) – Medieval Studies

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