Reading Mélusine : romance manuscripts and their audiences c.1380-c.1530
This thesis explores the historical reception of the prose Roman de Melusine and the poetic Roman de Parthenay from the twin perspectives of the romance manuscripts and their audiences. The Melusine romances attained wide popularity in manuscript form from their composition in the late fourteenth century until the early sixteenth century. By investigating the patronage, presentation, and ownership of the romance manuscripts, I ask how and why the works appealed to and retained their hold...[Show more]
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