The Middle English Melusine: Evidence for an Early Edition of the Prose Romance in the Bodleian Library
The convergence of history, heroic action, and concerns with the fate of Eastern Christendom in Melusyne, reflected in Hodnett 902 (frag. 4ra), an image in which a small-statured Geffray battles a giant with orientalized weaponry and exoticized armor, virtually assured its appeal to early Tudor audiences of crusade romances in a period when the European West was refocusing its gaze on the Ottoman empire.38 In this context, Melusyne sat closely alongside de Worde's verse Rycharde Cuer de Lyon...[Show more]
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