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Book of the Month: Once She Had Escaped the Tower – Aucassin and Nicolette, and Marie de France’s Gugemer

Our Book of the Month for November is Once She Had Escaped the Tower – Aucassin and Nicolette, and Marie de France’s Gugemer, translated by Katharine Margot Toohey.

Aucassin and Nicolette is a Medieval French ‘chantefable’ (a song-fable) by an anonymous author. It juxtaposes and interconnects prose story and mnemonic song to create a multifaceted courtly love story. In Gugemer, Marie de France states that the text itself is a translation from a Breton Lai into Anglo-Norman French verse. Her works have been dated between 1160 and 1215, and she is considered the earliest female French poet. The modern English translations are juxtaposed with the early French texts. This volume also includes a subjective essay by the translator.

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