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Comprehensive anthology contains exquisite cross-section of Western medieval literature, from Boethius and Augustine to Dante, Abelard, Marco Polo, and Villon, masterfully translated by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Charles Eliot Norton, C. K. Scott Moncrieff, Lord Tennyson, Sir Walter Scott, Thomas Carlyle, Matthew Arnold, Lord Byron, others. "No better anthology exists." Commonweal
Table of Contents
I. THE CHRISTIAN TRADITION Apocryphal New Testament Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, Life of St. Antony Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, Confessions Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy Gregory the Great, Dialogues. Book II Liturgy, Hymns, and Lyrics II. IRISH LITERATURE The Voyage of Bran The Tragical Death of the Sons of Usnach Lyrics and Short Pieces III. OLD ENGLISH LITERATURE Bede, Lives of the Abbots of Wearmouth and Jarrow Beowulf Lyrics and Selections IV. ROMANESQUE LITERATURE The Deeds of Charlemagne Ekkehard I of St. Gall, Walter of Aquitaine Hrotswith of Gandersheim, Paphnutius Peter Abelard, My Story of Calamity Romanesque Lyrics, Hymns and Sequences V. ARTHURIAN LITRATURE Geoffrey of Monmouth, Histories of the Kings of Britain Wace, The Gestes of Athur Marie de France, Sir Launfal Gottfried von Strassburg, Tristan and Iseult Wolfram von Eschenbach, Parzival VI. TEUTONIC LITERATURE Snorri Sturluson, The Prose Edda The Nibelungenlied German Lyrics VII. ROMANCE LITERATURE The Song of Roland The Cid Aucassin and Nicolete Our Lady’s Tumbler Fabliaux The Romance of the Rose Marco Polo, The Book of Wonders Jean Froissart, Chronicles of England, France, and Spain Lyrics and Selections Popular Ballads VIII. DANTE The New Life The Illustrious Vernacular Single Government The Comedy Dante’s Circle IX. LATE LATIN LITERATURE Jacobus de Voragine, The Golden Legend Hymns and Sequences Late Latin Lyrics X. DRAMA