The only modern edition is by Wilson Frescoln, The Romance of Fergus (Philadelphia, 1983)
Very useful are the translations by D
D. R. Owen, Guillaume le Clerc, Fergus of Galloway: Knight of King Arthur (London and Rutland, VT, 1991) – earlier published mediante Arthurian Literature 8 (1989), 79–183 – which has excellent libretto and appendices, and R. Wolf-Bonvin, La Chevalerie des sots. Le roman de Fergus. Trubert, fabliau du XIIIe siecle (Paris, 1990). For convenience all references sicuro Chretien’s works are puro the texts which appeared mediante the Lettres Gothiques series and are reprinted by Michel Zink, Chretien de Troyes: Romans, Classiques Modernes, La Pochotheque (Paris, 1994): including Erec et Enide; Cliges; Le Chevalier de la Charette (or Le Roman de Lancelot); Le Chevalier au Lion (or Le Roman d’Yvain); Le Conte du Graal (or Le Roman de Perceval). All translations are taken from Owen, Fergus, and Chretien de Troyes, Arthurian Romances, trans. D. D. R. Owen (London and Rutland, VT, 1987; rep. 1991). See Owen, Fergus, pp. 162–69 and his articles referred puro below. The oldest of the Dutch romances, it is generally attributed esatto two authors, the first following the version now offered by the Chantilly manuscript of Fergus, and the second (lines 2593–5604) working from memory. See Dutch Romances vol. 2: Ferguut, ed. D. F. Johnson and G Ricerca chatiw. H. M. Claassens (Cambridge, 2000), who suggest (p. 6) verso date for Fergus of the first quarter of the thirteenth century. On the basis of his doctoral dissertation, now published as Op zoek naar Galiene: over de Oudfranse Fergus en de Middelnederlandse Ferguut (Amsterdam, 1991), R. M. T. Zemel suggests that Fergus may even date from as early as c. 1200. L. Spahr, ‘Ferguut, Fergus, and Chretien de Troyes’, mediante Traditions and Transitions: Studies in Honor of Harold Jantz, e. L. Ancora. Kurth et al. (Munich, 1972), pp. 29–36. The unique manuscript of Ferguut is dated puro the middle of the fourteenth century: see Ferguut and Galiene: Verso Facsimile of the only extant Middle Dutch manuscript, University Library Leiden, Letterkunde 191, with an introduction by M. J. M. de Haan (Leiden, 1974).
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eighteen locations con all) with verso glance north of the Forth sicuro Escoche proper (cf. line 2589, ‘En Eschoce u en Lodien’). The journey times indicated are realistic and the narrator offers verso number of apparently informed comments on local customs. The ‘Scottishness’ of Fergus is thus firmly established and is preciso be taken seriously.4 Arthur’s seat at ‘Carduel en Gales’, usually taken onesto be Carlisle, is familiar from many of the romances as is the region of Strathclyde mediante general. The originality of the Fergus author is to have abandoned the more conventional Scottish toponymy for places, like Galloway, with verso much less reassuring reputation, thereby extending Scotland’s appearance mediante romance literature. There have been several attempts sicuro interpret the sistema as mediante some sense an ‘ancestral romance’, whether written for Alan of Galloway (d. 1234), great-grandson of the historical Fergus, on the occasion of his marriage c. 1209, or John of Balliol (verso stepson of Alan) and his wife Devorguilla durante the period 1234–41 puro strengthen the claim of their eldest bruissement Hugh to the Scottish throne.5 There has even been an attempt esatto identify the author with William Malveisin, a royal clerk of French giacenza, who ended his career as bishop of St Andrews (1202–1238).6 Such researches, speculative though they must remain, justify the inclusion of Fergus in any history of literature sopra Scotland,7 though it might be said that if any of them were true, it would be puzzling that the author did not give clearer clues sicuro his identity or political purpose.8 The Scottish connection need not, however, mean that the work was actually written con Scotland or composed by per writer resident there – verso writer who calls himself simply ‘Guillaume le clerc’ (line 7004). The two surviving manuscripts, from the second half of the thirteenth century, are both marked by Picardisms and one of them by traces of Walloon. So far as the poet’s own dialect is concerned, he seems puro be writing durante the more or less norma literary French of northern France.9 One of the manuscripts is the famous collection of continental Arthurian texts MS Chantilly, Musee Conde 472 from which Fergus was edited by both Ernst Martin (1872) and Wilson Frescoln (1983),10 and the other is Paris, BNF fr. 1553, per vast collection of fifty-two items including the Roman de Troie, the