Medieval Comic Tales

Medieval Comic Tales

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ISBN: 9781843841791    Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd Year of publishing: 2008     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 190 pp        Language: English
During the middle ages, a common fund of comic tales circulated throughout Europe. Writers such as Boccaccio, Chaucer, Rabelais and Cervantes drew on this material, and used it for their own purposes,...Read more
During the middle ages, a common fund of comic tales circulated throughout Europe. Writers such as Boccaccio, Chaucer, Rabelais and Cervantes drew on this material, and used it for their own purposes, but the brilliant medieval versions also deserve to be known in their own right. They are of great cultural interest and considerable entertainment value, varying from humour to farce, from sophisticated literary parody to blunt crudeness. Piety jostles blasphemy, and sex and death are everywhere good for a joke. The tales presented here, translated into clear modern English by experts in their fields, are from French, Spanish, Dutch, German, medieval Latin, Italian and English. Scholars and students and the general reader alike will find the book accessible, useful and enjoyable. Derek Brewer is Professor Emeritus of English Literature, University of Cambridge.
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(reviewed together with 'Medieval Ghost Stories') Both make a delightful contribution to our understanding and mapping of those mental landscapes. They also allowed me to see the physical medieval...Read more
(reviewed together with 'Medieval Ghost Stories') Both make a delightful contribution to our understanding and mapping of those mental landscapes. They also allowed me to see the physical medieval landscape differently, reminding me that in the medieval period it had supernatural and metaphorical dimensions. In these tales a wide range of medieval people come to life. FINDS RESEARCH GROUP NEWSLETTER
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