News Update - June

I am in the last stages of work on Guillaume de Lorris: 'Le Roman de la Rose'. Written c1230, in 4000 or so lines of Middle French, the Romance of the Rose is an allegorical work on the subject of love, and a fascinating development of the courtly tradition. I am translating in the octosyllabic verse couplets of the original text. I have reconsidered Jean de Meung's Continuation of this work, and can now see the seeds of his more satirical approach in Guillaume's sophisticated original. I shall be translating the 17000 line Continuation next.

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