Guillaume d'Orange

Four Twelfth-Century Epics

Guillaume d'Orange. Translated with an Introduction and New Selected Bibliography by Joan M. Ferrante

Columbia University Press

Guillaume d'Orange

Pub Date: March 2001

ISBN: 9780231123532

311 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $34.00£28.00

Pub Date: June 2001

ISBN: 9780231038096

311 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $95.00£78.00

Guillaume d'Orange

Four Twelfth-Century Epics

Guillaume d'Orange. Translated with an Introduction and New Selected Bibliography by Joan M. Ferrante

Columbia University Press

Guillaume d'Orange is the most extensive epic cycle of the Middle Ages. Set in the ninth century, the poems on the life of William of Orange grew out of several centuries of oral composition and were written down for the first time in the twelfth century. Changing and growing through the years, the poems reflect historical events from the ninth to the twelfth century.

Joan M. Ferrante writes in the Introduction, "History tells us little of the medieval William of Orange, but legend tells us a great deal. From the legends grew the most extensive epic cycle of the Middle Ages."

About the Author

Joan M. Ferrante is professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University.