‘Gesta Romanorum’. A New Translation by Christopher Stace with an Introduction by Nigel Harris

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This is the first modern English translation of the 'Gesta Romanorum' (c.1300), one of the primary sources of western European literature. Its 'Vulgate' corpus of 180 tales and moralizations (originally in Latin) is presented in accurate and fluent translations by Christopher Stace. I contribute a 14-page introduction, which summarizes all that can be known about the collection's author, date, textual history, sources and didactic intention, and suggests a revised interpretation of its didactic purport and literary style which draws particular attention to its focus on the sacrament of penance and its use of dialogue. I was also responsible for checking and commenting on the translation, for providing a number of footnotes to it, and for compiling a thematic index.


Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherManchester University Press
ISBN (Print)978-0-7190-9715-7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

Publication series

NameManchester Medieval Studies
PublisherManchester University Press