Huon of Bordeaux

Huon of Bordeaux


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The adventures of Huon of Bordeaux have been perennial favorites since their first appearance in the thirteenth century as a French chanson de geste. Within decades there were spin-offs and a prequel. The story was reprinted, popularized, and translated from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. It became a staple of children's literature as well as the basis for theatrical and operatic works. By the twentieth century, it had become the inspiration for fantasy writers.

Huon's adventures begin when he is summoned to Charlemagne's court, where he is attacked, betrayed, and banished to travel to the East. There he will have to perform impossible feats before he can return and reclaim his title as Duke of Bordeaux. Although courteous, Huon is a foolish young knight, and Charlemagne himself is portrayed as an old fool. But fortunately for Huon, mysterious forces, magical objects, and benevolent beings come to his aid against these evil powers and save him from his worst errors of judgment and hubris. Confonted by cruel and wicked Saracens and their smart and beautiful daughters, Huon negotiates the impossible and attains his ideal, both as a man and a knight.

Jones and Kibler's verse translation sings with grace, humor, and wit. For both teaching and for pure literary enjoyment, this first modern English translation of Huon of Bordeaux will be a major complement to the corpus of medieval French epic literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599104010
Publisher: Italica Press
Publication date: 03/01/2021
Series: Medieval & Renaissance Texts
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Catherine M. Jones is the Josiah Meigs Professor of French and Provençal at the University of Georgia.

William W. Kibler is a professor of medieval studies emeritus at the University of Texas, Austin.

Table of Contents

About the Editors vi

Acknowledgements vii


An Age of Renewal ix

Summary xii

Text and Intertext xv

Reception xxi

Manuscripts and Editions xxii

Note xxiii

The Book of Huon of Bordeaux and King Auberon 1


Jongleur's Interventions 319

Major Characters 321

Glossary of Medieval Terms 323

Select Bibliography

Primary Sources 325

Secondary Literature 326

Reference Tools 328

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