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Guy of Warwick in Iberia: England, Portugal and the background to "Tirant lo Blanch"

Byrne, A. ORCID: (2021) Guy of Warwick in Iberia: England, Portugal and the background to "Tirant lo Blanch". Medium Aevum, 90 (1). 92 -109. ISSN 0025-8385‎

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This paper revisits the English and Portuguese connections of the fifteenth-century Catalan romance, 'Tirant lo Blanch' by Joanot Martorell. It considers the work's relationship to versions of 'Guy of Warwick' with which it has not, hitherto, been systematically compared: the accounts of Guy in French and English that circulated in the insular world and a Latin epitome of 'Guy of Warwick' from fifteenth-century Portugal. Analysis of the latter text suggests it could have been made from a similar version of the Guy narrative to that on which the opening of 'Tirant' was based. However, comparing Martorell’s work with the Middle English versions of 'Guy of Warwick' offers the most striking results. The text shares unique details with a distinctive Middle English version of the text, suggesting that Martorell was, in fact, being candid when he claimed an English-language source for his work.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies (GCMS)
Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > English Literature
ID Code:92410
Additional Information:This article from the journal Medium Aevum is archived here by kind permission of the copyright holder, the Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature (SSMLL)
Publisher:Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature


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