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Medieval Epics Beowulf, The Song of Roland, The Nibelungenlied, The Cid
Medieval Epics Beowulf The Song of Roland The Nibelungenlied The Cid Author:William Alfred (Translator), Helen M. Mustard (Translator), W. S. Merwin (Translator) Beowulf translated by William Alfred — The Song of Roland translated by W. S. Merwin — The Nibelungenlied translated by Helen M. Mustard — The Cid translated by W. S. Merwin — Epic and Romance are two great forms of medieval narrative, reflecting respectively the heroic age and the age of chivalry. The four major epics in this volume portray the her... more »oic age as imagined by four distinct cultures: the Anglo-Saxon, the Norman-French, the Germanic, and the Iberian, and thus give a central view of the values of the Middle Ages.
The translations of the four epics are in the modern idiom, three of them (Beowulf, The Song of Roland, The Nibelungenlied) having been prepared for this volume. Each epic is preceded by the translator's introduction, which is both a critical evaluation and a discussion of the historical and technical aspects of the poem.« less