On several counts, one particular collection of French lyrics made in France in the late fourteenth century, University of Pennsylvania MS 15, is the most likely repository of Chaucer's French poems. It is the largest manuscript anthology extant of fourteenth-century French lyrics in the formes fixes (balade, rondeaux, virelay, lay, and five-stanza chanson) with by far the largest number of works of unknown authorship.
About the Author
James Wimsatt is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Texis at Austin. His research interests focus on Middle English Literature, especially Chaucer, and Romance and Latin influences.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments Introduction The Poems of "Ch" 1. Chancon Royal [The Sovereign Life of Love] 2. Balade [The Lover Who Melts like Wax] 3. Balade [The Day of Grace] 4. Chancon Royal [A Prayer for Lovers] 5. Balade [The Castoff Lady] 6. Balade [A New Golden Age] 7. Balade [A Petition to Jupiter] 8. Balade [The Bereft Lover] 9. Chanson Royal [The Parliament of Love] 10. Rondel [How to Sacrifice in Venus' Temple] 11. Chancon Royal [The Lady's Perfection] 12. Balade [Requiem for a Lover] 13. Balade [The Languishing Lover] 14. Balade [A Lover's Thanksgiving] 15. Balade [The Image in the Lover's Heart] Appendix: Three Penn Poems of Related Interest Chaucer and MS French 15 (Penn) Guillaume de Machaut Oton de Granson The Exchange between Philippe de Vitry and Jean de le Mote Philippe de Vitry Jean de le Mote Eustache Deschamps Jean Froissart and the Pastourelle Section of Penn Nicole de Margival Grimace Lyric Types and Metrical Forms in Penn Conclusion: Granson as Possible Anthologist of Penn The Contents of Penn The Significance of the Contents of the Manuscript Key to Abbreviations for Manuscripts Key to Abbreviations for Editions List of Contents of Penn Explanatory Notes Textual Notes Bibliography