Chretien's Equal: Raoul de Houdenc: Complete Works [Hardback]

Raoul de Houdenc(Author); Nigel Bryant(Author); Nigel Bryant(Translator)

ISBN: 9781843846031 | Published by: D.S. Brewer | Series: Arthurian Studies | Volume: 90 | Year of Publication: 2021 | 247p, H9.25 x W6.25,
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Chretien's Equal: Raoul de Houdenc


By his contemporaries, Raoul de Houdenc was 'mentioned in the same breath as Chrétien de Troyes as one of the masters of French poetry' (Keith Busby, The New Arthurian Encyclopaedia). The writers of later romances deemed Raoul's work worthy of memory on a par with the Prose Lancelot, and placed Raoul and Chrétien on the same level in terms of authority.

Raoul de Houdenc was a major and innovative figure in 13th-century French literature. His surviving works are unusually diverse: they include an impassioned tract about the values of chivalry (The Romance of the Wings), two superbly crafted Arthurian romances (Meraugis of Portlesguez and The Avenging of Raguidel), and a swingeing polemic against declining standards especially among the bourgeoisie (The Burgess's Burgeoning Blight). And with his hugely influential satire The Dream of Hell he was the very first to compose allegory in the vernacular, mastering to perfection the art of parody and the unexpected.

After a long period of neglect Raoul is finally receiving the scholarly attention he deserves, and this is the first translation into English of his complete surviving works.

The Avenging of Raguidel 'must surely be counted as one of the most fascinating and innovative of the French Gawain romances' - Norris J. Lacy.

Table of Contents

Manuscripts and Editions: The Texts Translated
Further Reading
The Romance of the Wings
Meraugis of Portlesguez
Sir Gawain and the Avenging of Raguidel
The Burgess's Burgeoning Blight
The Dream of Hell
The Path to Paradise
Index to Meraugis of Portlesguez
Index to The Avenging of Raguidel

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