Difference between revisions of "Guillaume d'Orange"

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*Moniage Guillaume - written near end 12th C in present form
 
*Moniage Guillaume - written near end 12th C in present form
   
The [[Chanson de Guillame]] appears as a poem in its own right, but the other peoems are often collected together in medival manscripts.
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The [[Chanson de Guillame]] appears as a poem in its own right, but the other poems are often collected together in medival manscripts.
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==plot==
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===Moniage Guillaume===
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In his old age, after the death of his wife, William joins a monastery. The monks complain because he eats their share of the food, so the abbot hatches a plan. William is to travel through the forrest known for robbers to get fish. He is forbidden to defend himself, except if they should try and take his underpants (braes), and only then with "flesh and bone". William deviously gets a very expensive belt made for his braes, for he wants a fight. True enough he gets it, when the robbers have stolen his horse and other clothing, they spot the belt and begin to untie his underpants, and he kills many of them barehanded, and using the leg of a horse (flesh and bone), replaced on the horse by miracle later.
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On returning to the monastery the monks lock him out for he has captured the robber's horses, and they think him a theif to have so many expensive beasts. He batters his way in, accidentally killing a couple of monks. After the monks plee for mercy he explains his innocence and he is forgiven and thanked for bringing the monastery wealth on hoof.
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==poetic style==
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Couronment de Louis, Prise d'Orange, Aliscansb and Moniage Guillaume are standard for the eraly chansons: decasyllabic laises (verses) of varied length, with a break after the 4th syllable, endings of each laise assonanced the same. Prise also uses a shorter 6 syllable line at the end of each laisse.
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==translations==
 
==translations==
 
Ferrante, Joan, M., (trans) "Guillamum d'Orange: Four twelth-century epics" Columbia University Press New York 1974, ISBN 0-231-03809-7
 
Ferrante, Joan, M., (trans) "Guillamum d'Orange: Four twelth-century epics" Columbia University Press New York 1974, ISBN 0-231-03809-7
 
Translates: Couronment de Louis, Prise d'Orange, Aliscans, Moniage Guillaume
 
Translates: Couronment de Louis, Prise d'Orange, Aliscans, Moniage Guillaume
Translation method: english translation only, 4 or 6 syllable lines as in orgiginalfree verse (except couronment which is ryhmed by assonance), Aliscans translation abridged
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Translation method: english translation only, line by line, mostly in10 syllable lines (with a break after 4 syllables) as in orgiginal free verse (except couronment which is ryhmed by assonance), Aliscans translation abridged. No old french given.

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