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Description - The Book of the Love-Smitten Heart by Rene D'Anjou

Available only in Middle French and German translation until now, this volume constitutes the first full-length, French-English bilingual edition of Rene of Anjou's Livre du coeurs d'amours espris, including all sixteen long-celebrated colour plates, a critical introduction, notes on the translation, and a comprehensive bibliography. The book tells the tale of desire and adventure as Heart -- part of Rene torn from his body by Love -- travels a complex allegorical landscape in quest of the lady Mercy, who is being held prisoner by a band of miscreants led by Refusal and Shame. Rene begs the reader to help him determine which of three entities is responsible for his torment: Fortune has led him to the lady whom he loves; once he arrived, Love, in the guise of his lady's gaze, struck his heart; and Destiny insists that he reflect upon her alone. As well as being a compelling courtly page-turner, The Book of the Love Smitten Heart represents the rare instance in which a medieval love story is told simultaneously in three frameworks: autobiographical letter, dream vision, and quest romance. This structure makes clear the multiple logics within which the author's psychology is reflected in the story, and how the symbol of the heart, as it travels through these shifting frameworks, dramatises vital relations linking self, desire, and writing.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780815338581
ISBN-10: 0815338589
Format: Hardback
(254mm x 178mm x mm)
Pages: 358
Imprint: Garland Publishing Inc
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Publish Date: 20-Feb-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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