The Romance of the Rose

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Another is new translation of he Romance of the Rose, an allegorical account of the progress of a courtly love affair which became the most popular and influential of all medieval romances. In the hands of Jean de Meun, who continued de Lorris 's work, it assumed vast proportions and embraced almost every aspect of medieval life from predestination and optics, to the Franciscan controversy and the right ay to deal with premature hair-loss.
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384
Original Title of the Book
Le Roman de la Rose
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Published August 19th 1999 by Oxford University Press (first published 1275

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S. Lewis taught in his medieval classes ( he discusses it in The Allegory of Love): “ his is th point I would press on anyone dealing with the Middle Ages, that the first es-sential is to ead the relevant classics over and over: the key to everything -- allegory, courtly love, etc.

I love allegory and found useful material in here that led to discussions about dating, but in the end felt we needed to move on to other books on our reading list for homeschooling.

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Thi introduction, however, and notes are both fairly brief and confine themselves to scene-setting, and source notes.This is worth reading on its own merits, but is also important as a cultural resource for later medieval romance such as Chaucer 's Troilus and Criseyde, and Elizabethan chivalric romance such as Spenser 's The Faerie Queene.

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She sat down and wrote Thi Book of the City of Ladies in which she defended womankind by pointing out all the admirable women of history and mythology up to and including the Virgin Mary.

Along the way she ( metaphorically) ripped several of the most misogynistic books to shreds, including The Romance of the Rose.

I recall she called Jean de Meun out by name many times as one of the chief offenders in the war against women.I 've read City of Ladies quite a few times because I am big huge giant nerd.

But all that aside, the Oxford World Classics edition of Romance of the Rose is a great ook and if you ge it you should give it.

And if de Meun 's chauvinism gets to be ver much for you, I recommend following it up by reading the Penguin Classics edition of City of Ladies.Cross-posted from The Eclectic Reviewer

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owever a large bulk of the poem consists of long monologues by figures such as Reason and Nature who are dvising the Lover on how love should work.

If I 'm to recommend this it 's because for one it 's pretty important for Medieval literature and historical perspectives of love if you 're into that, and secondly it 's such a strange unique poem that it 's interesting even when it 's tediou.

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A oem itself is an expression of the concepts of the medieval ideal of courtly love- an ideal that tends to offend modern sensibilities on love and relationships.

Ignoring the massively long ( and eve more bawdy) extension of this poem by Jean de Meun, it left me with the penness and puzzle of imagining how the ale might end.

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