Partonopeus de Blois
An electronic edition of the 10 manuscript witnesses of the anonymous 12th-century French romance Partonopeus de Blois.
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
University of Sheffield
digital edition, French studies, manuscripts, medieval period, online resource, poetry, transcriptions
CSS, HTML, Java, MySQL, XML, XSLT
HRI Online Publication
Partonopeus de Blois is a medieval French verse romance, composed in the last third of the twelfth century. It tells of how the young hero, Partonopeus, is transported to a mysterious city where he encounters the heroine Melior. He becomes her lover without ever seeing her, but eventually breaks the taboo on bringing a light into her bedchamber and is banished by her. After various adventures, he is forgiven, wins her hand in marriage at a three-day tournament, and becomes emperor of Byzantium. A continuation then tells the story of the hero’s former squire, Anselot, and of an unsuccessful invasion by Partonopeus’s former love-rival, the sultan of Persia.
The Partonopeus de Blois Electronic Edition project was set up with the aim of creating a research tool that would facilitate comparative literary and linguistic studies of the different extant versions of this important twelfth-century text. Its purpose was not to produce a critical edition, but to provide researchers with full transcriptions of all the manuscript witnesses, together with software that would allow for effective searching and comparing of text. A key objective was to present the text of each MS without the type of editorial intervention that might involve value judgements as to its reliability or its place within a conventional stemma or any other schema of MS relationships. For this reason, designating any of the MSS as a base MS for purposes of comparison or collation has been carefully avoided, and no textual emendations have been made, however obvious they might seem.
- Prof. Penny Eley (University of Sheffield)
- Prof. Penny Simons (University of Sheffield)
- Mario Longtin
- Catherine Hanley
- Philip Shaw
- Jamie McLaughlin (Digital Humanities Developer – University of Sheffield)