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Lybeaus Desconus

Edited by Eve Salisbury and James Weldon

Lybeaus Desconus
Paperback, 224 pages £15.50
Published: 2014
ISBN: 9781580441957
Format: 254mm x 178mm
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Subjects: Literary Studies, Medieval Institute Publications, Medieval Studies
Series: TEAMS Middle English Texts Series

Lybeaus Desconus (the Fair Unknown) is the mid-fourteenth-century Middle English version of the classic narrative of the handsome and mysterious young outsider who comes to the court of King Arthur to prove himself worthy of joining Arthur's knights. The young knight is tested in a variety of ways, and in the course of this testing he learns both chivalric codes of conduct and the truth of his parentage. Six extant manuscripts of the poem attest to its popularity, placing it in company with Guy of Warwick, Bevis of Hampton, and Sir Isumbras among the most popular of Middle English Romances. The current edition offers readers a chance to compare two manuscript versions of the poem, one preserved in Lambeth MS 306 and the other in the Biblioteca Nazionale in Naples.

Acknowledgements Introduction Lybeaus Desconus (Lambeth Palace, MS 306) Libious Disconious (Biblioteca Nazionale, MS XIII.B.29) Explanatory Notes Textual Notes (Lambeth) Textual Notes (Naples) List of Names, Place Names, and Variant Spellings Bibliography Glossary

Eve Salisbury is Professor of English at Western Michigan University. She specializes in medieval literature, with an emphasis on both Middle English and Latin. James Weldon teaches medieval literature at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 224 pages
 254mm x 178mm

BIC Code:
 Medieval Institute Publications


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