Melusine; Or, the Noble History of Lusignan by Jean D'ArrasMelusine; Or, the Noble History of Lusignan by Jean D'Arras

Melusine; Or, the Noble History of Lusignan

byJean D'ArrasTranscribed byDonald Maddox, Sara Sturm-Maddox

Paperback | August 11, 2012

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Jean d'Arras's splendid prose romance of Melusine, written for Jean de Berry, the brother of King Charles V of France, is one of the most significant and complex literary works of the later Middle Ages. The author, promising to tell us "how the noble and powerful fortress of Lusignan in Poitou was founded by a fairy," writes a ceaselessly astonishing account of the origins of the powerful feudal dynasty of the Lusignans in southwestern France, which flourished in western Europe and the Near East during the age of the Crusades. The spellbinding story of the destinies of the fairy Melusine, her mortal husband, and her extraordinary sons blends history, myth, genealogy, folklore, and popular traditions with epic, romance, and Crusade narrative.Preceded by a substantial introduction, this translation, the first in English to be amply annotated, captures the remarkable range of stylistic registers that characterizes this extravagant and captivating work.
Donald Maddox is Professor Emeritus of French Studies and adjunct faculty member in Comparative Literature at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Sara Sturm-Maddox is Professor Emerita of French and Italian Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.Donald Maddox is Professor Emeritus of French Studies and adjunct facult...
Title:Melusine; Or, the Noble History of LusignanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.73 inPublished:August 11, 2012Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0271054158

ISBN - 13:9780271054155


Table of Contents


Preface and Acknowledgments


Melusine; or, The Noble History of Lusignan


Crossed Destinies: Melusine and Raymondin

Founding Lusignan

Raymondin in Brittany

Founding a Dynasty in Poitou

Urian and Guyon Defend Cyprus

Urian and Guyon: The Armenian Campaign

Antoine and Renaud in Luxembourg

Geoffrey Big-Tooth in Ireland

Crisis in the Near East

Betrayal, Fratricide, and Loss

Geoffrey in Northumberland

Raymond: Pilgrimage and Penance

Six Sons of Lusignan Defend Alsace

Raymond’s Noble Funeral

Epilogue I: The Knight of the Tower

Epilogue II: The Castle of the Sparrow Hawk

The Legacy of Lusignan and the Duke of Berry


Selected Bibliography


Editorial Reviews

“This excellent English translation, with its critical material, is extremely valuable from the literary and historical perspectives, and certainly gave me the pleasure and enjoyment the translators wish for readers of their work.”

—Glynnis M. Cropp, Parergon