The Bristol Merlin
Title
The Bristol Merlin
Subtitle
Revealing the Secrets of a Medieval Fragment
Price
€ 34,95 excl. VAT
ISBN
9781802700688
Format
Paperback
Number of pages
150
Language
English
Publication date
Dimensions
15.6 x 23.4 cm
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Hardback - € 80,00
Table of Contents
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Acknowledgements
List of figures and plates

Introduction

Section 1: Context
1. Codicological and Palaeographic Analysis
2. Bindings
3. Provenance
4. Redaction, Language and Localization

Section 2: Text
1. Principles of Edition and Translation
2. Edition and Translation

Appendix: Table of concordance
Bibliography
Index

The Bristol Merlin

Revealing the Secrets of a Medieval Fragment

The discovery of seven manuscript fragments of the Old French Suite Vulgate du Merlin in a set of early printed books in the Bristol Central Library hit global headlines in 2019. This book contains a comprehensive study of these fascinating Arthurian fragments.

Beginning with an extensive contextual history, the authors reveal details of the fragments’ origin, their importation to England, and their subsequent journey to a waste pile in a bookbinder’s workshop, where they would be incorporated into the bindings of a four-volume edition of the works of Jean Gerson in the early sixteenth century. A full enquiry into the provenance of these host volumes sets out the possible routes from the bookbinder’s workshop to their final home in Bristol Central Library.

Using multi-spectral imaging to read the damaged sections of text, the authors also provide a full edition and translation of the narrative contained in the fragments.
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