Essays on the Poetic and Legal Writings of Philippe De Remy and His Son Philippe De Beaumanoir of Thirteenth-Century France

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Philippe de Remy, Sire de Beaumanoir, produced two romances, a fabliau, lyric poems and even nonsense verse. He also served as bailli or royal governor of the Gatinais region. His son, Philippe de Beaumanoir, produced the Coutumes de Beauvaisis, one of the most widely admired works on medieval customary law, and served as bailli of Clermont-en-Beauvaisis, Vermandois, Touraine and Senlis. This collection of essays looks at their works, lives, and world from difference perspectives, probing the insights they offer on medieval marriage and gender relations, time and space, hagiography; intertextuality, literature and the law. This is the first volume devoted to them as father and son, and the first such collection to address their works critically in English.

Table of Contents

Table of contents:
Introduction (Sarah-Grace Heller and Michelle Reichert)
1. Dating the Romances of Philippe de Remi: Between an Improbable Source and a Dubious Adaptation (Barbara Sargent-Baur)
2. Falling in Love and Wooing in Philippe de Remi’s Romances (Leslie C. Brook)
3. Time and Space in La Manekine (Carol Harvey)
4. Narrating and Performing the Saintly in Romance: The Case of Philippe de Remi’s La Manekine (David J. Wrisley)
5. Courtly Text and Erotic Subtext in Jehan et Blonde (F. R. P. Akehurst)
6. Philippe de Remy and Rewriting I: Jehan et Blonde and Joufroi de Poitiers: from One English Romance to Another (Jean Dufournet)
7. Philippe de Remy and Rewriting II: Jehan et Blonde and the Roman de la Rose (Jean Dufournet)
8. The Lyric Poetry of Philippe de Remy (Samuel N. Rosenberg)
9. A Social, Political and Religious Ideal Passed from Father to Son: From the Romance of Jehan et Blonde to the Coutumes de Beauvaisis (Silvie Lécuyer)
10. The Role of Narration in Philippe de Beaumanoir’s Coutumes de Beauvaisis (Mary Jane Schenck)
11. Beaumanoir vs. Révigny: The Two Faces of Customary Law in Philip the Bold’s France (Robert Jacob)
Appendix1: The corrections, illustrations and distribution of the first manuscripts of the Coutumes de Clermont-en-Beauvaisis
Appendix 2: Philippe de Beaumanoir and Royal Legislation
Bibliography; Index

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