The Works Of Chardri: Three Poems In The French Of Thirteenth-century England: The Life Of The Seven Sleepers, The Life Of St. Josaphaz, And The Littl by Neil CartlidgeThe Works Of Chardri: Three Poems In The French Of Thirteenth-century England: The Life Of The Seven Sleepers, The Life Of St. Josaphaz, And The Littl by Neil Cartlidge

The Works Of Chardri: Three Poems In The French Of Thirteenth-century England: The Life Of The…

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This book contains the first published translations (into any modern language) of the complete works of a thirteenth-century Anglo-French writer who identifies himself by the mysterious name “Chardri” (perhaps an anagram of “Richard”). He is the author of two particularly imaginative versions of legends about Christian saints: The Life of the Seven Sleepers and The Life of St. Josaphaz. Both of these stories are among the most remarkable products of the complex cultural interchanges that took place between East and West throughout the Middle Ages. Seven Sleepers recounts the legend of seven young men from the city of Ephesus, who are rescued from persecution only by a miraculous sleep that lasts for over three centuries. The protagonist of Josaphaz is essentially a version of the Buddha himself, who is depicted here as a beautiful young prince of India converted to Christianity, but then subjected to a series of deceptions and temptations at the hands of his doting but tyrannical father. The third of the three works ascribed to Chardri, The Little Debate, is a philosophical dialogue between two representative figures, an Old Man and a Young Man, who together present lively and dramatically contrasting responses to the problem of human suffering in the world.

Neil Cartlidge is Professor in the Department of English Studies at the University of Durham. His publications include Medieval Marriage: Literary Approaches 1100–1300 (1997), The Owl and the Nightingale: Text and Translation (2001), Boundaries in Medieval Romance (2008), and Heroes and Anti-Heroes in Medieval Romance (2012).
Title:The Works Of Chardri: Three Poems In The French Of Thirteenth-century England: The Life Of The…Format:HardcoverDimensions:164 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:April 27, 2015Publisher:ACMRS PublicationsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0866985131

ISBN - 13:9780866985130

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Table of Contents

Series Editors’ Preface

Translator’s Preface

Abbreviations and Short References

Manuscripts

Series

Editions of Chardri’s works

Editions of Other CJ-texts

Sources and Analogues

Cited Works of Reference

Frequently Cited Studies

Introduction

Chardri’s Significance

Manuscripts, Transmission, and Date of Composition

Authorship and Implied Audience

Thematic Emphases

Sources and Influences

Relationship with The Owl and the Nightingale

Editions and Methods of Translation

Texts

The Life of the Seven Sleepers

The Life of St. Josaphaz

The Little Debate

Appendix of Extracts

Seven Sleepers, vv. 1081–1168: Malchus tries to buy some bread

Josaphaz, vv. 691–776: Barlaam pretends to be a merchant

Josaphaz, vv. 2911–54: Chardri’s conclusion

Little Debate, vv. 1339–1424: On love and marriage

Index of Personal and Place Names