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Picture: In Prison by Florence Harrison The Tale of Aucassin and Nicolette is the best-known love story among the French fabliau or fables. Written by an anoymous troubador of the thirteenth century, it tells in alternating prose and lyrics a story of True Love thwarted by a proud and cruel father.
Fabliaux: The metrical fables of the Trouvères, or early poets north of the Loire, in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The word fable, in this case, is used very widely, for it includes not only such tales as Reynard the Fox, but all sorts of familiar incidents of knavery and intrigue, all sorts of legends and family traditions. The fabliau of Aucassin and Nicolette is full of interesting incidents, and contains much true pathos and beautiful poetry. - The Dictionary of Phrase and Fable by E. Cobham Brewer.

Texts and Contexts

C'est d'Aucasin et de Nicolete: a medieval chant-fable, a "web essay" with music and parallel texts in English and French, from Julia Bolton Holloway, with illustrations from a contemporary Picardian manuscript, Li Livres dou Tresor, written by Brunetto Latino. New !
Aucassin and Nicolete translated by Andrew Lang, 1895, from the 1910 David Nutt edition, at the World Wide School Library. New URL.

An unauthorized fine press edition of Lang's Aucassin and Nicolete was released in the U.S. by Thomas Bird Mosher, the "Pirate Prince of Publishing". The case was tried (for lack of applicable international law) in the letters to the editor pages of The Crtic. The letters are available online at the Mosher Press site at the University of Millersville.
Aucassin and Nicolette translated by Eugene Mason, at Blackmask Online. New !
Aucassin and Nicolette: the "charming 13th century French chantefable in a new English translation," from A.S. Kline's Dante and Others: Poetry and Prose. New !
Aucassin and Nicolette, a summary of the tale with extensive notes, at Cape Fear Community College. New !
Aucassin et Nicolette, gorgeously illustrated hypertext in French. New !
Aucassin and Nicolette (a tale from France) adapted for young people by Amy Friedman and illustrated by Jillian Gilliland, at Tell Me a Story, the online archives of the weekly series from the United Press Syndicate.

The World of the Troubadors

Language and Literature at the End of the Middle Ages, part of The End of Europe's Middle Ages, an illustrated survey from the Department of History at the University of Calgary. New URL.
Troubadors and Trouvères, at the Classical Music Home Pages. New URL.
L'Escole des Trouvères (in French).

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