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chanson de geste

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A medieval French historical verse romance, typically one connected with Charlemagne. The phrase is French, and means literally ‘song of heroic deeds’, from chanson ‘song’ and geste from ...

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The Oxford Companion to Music

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2011
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Music
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65 words

...chanson de geste . A French medieval epic poem, often of considerable length and divided into sections. The poem was sung to short musical phrases, probably involving a certain amount of repetition, of a simple nature so as not to distract the listener from the narrative. One of the most celebrated chansons de geste is the Chanson de Roland , but no complete examples survive with...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (4 ed.)

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2015

... de geste [ shah n -so n zhest ] A kind of shorter epic poem in Old French, composed between the late 11th century and the early 14th century, celebrating the historical and legendary exploits ( gestes ) of Charlemagne (late 8th century) and other Frankish nobles in holy wars against the Saracens or in internal rebellions. The chansons de geste were sung by jongleurs in strophes of varying length known as laisses , usually composed of 10-syllable lines linked by assonance (or by rhyme in later examples). About 80 of these poems survive, of...

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The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French

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Current Version:
2005
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Literature
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1,622 words

...both within a given poem, and from poem to poem. This feature has led to the chansons de geste being described as ‘formulaic’, the repeated hemistichs being termed ‘formulae’. This terminology derives from Homer studies, and reflects a concern to compare the chansons de geste with other epic literatures. The degree of ‘formulaicness’ of chansons de geste and other epic texts has been diversely calculated, and the results used to defend the view that the chansons de geste were originally an oral genre. ‘Formulae’, it is suggested, were a stock of...

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Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages

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2005
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History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
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...marked an era – the first crusade , the struggle of Du Guesclin against the English – could find in epic song the fitting vessel for the commemoration of a deep emotion. J. Rychner , La Chanson de geste. Essai sur l'art épique des jongleurs , Geneva, 1955. M. de Riquer , Les Chansons de geste françaises , I. Cluzel (Fr. tr.), Paris, 1957. S. Kay , The Chanson de Geste in the age of romance: political fictions , Oxford, 1995. François...

Chanson De Geste

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L. Sunderland

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (4 ed.)

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2017
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Literature, Literary studies - poetry and poets
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...chez les héros des chansons de geste (1979) ; E. Heinemann , L’art métrique de la chanson de geste (1993) ; F. Suard , La Chanson de geste (1993) ; D. Boutet , La Chanson de geste (1995) ; S. Gaunt , Gender and Genre in Medieval French Literature (1995) ; S. Kay , The “Chansons de geste” in the Age of Romance (1995) ; K. Busby , Codex and Context (2002) ; F. E. Sinclair , Milk and Blood: Gender and Genealogy in the Chanson de geste (2003) ; P. Bennett , Carnavalhéroïque et écriture cyclique dans la geste de Guillaume d’Orange ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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2006

... de geste a medieval French historical verse romance, typically one connected with Charlemagne . The phrase is French, and means literally ‘song of heroic deeds’, from chanson ‘song’ and geste from Latin gesta ‘actions,...

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of Foreign Terms in English

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Current Version:
2002
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41 words

... de geste noun phrase plural chansons de geste M19 French (= song of heroic deeds). Any of a group of medieval French epic poems dealing with chivalric and heroic subjects. The earliest was the Chanson de Roland , written about 1100...

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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66 words
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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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32 words
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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Current Version:
2005
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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51 words
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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2004
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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51 words
Chansons de geste

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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2013

... de geste (French, ‘songs of deeds’) Narrative poems dealing with the heroic families of French history and legend and composed at various times between the 11th and 15th centuries. The Chanson de Roland is generally regarded as the finest. See also roland...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
Subject:
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149 words

... de geste Epic poems in Old French, written mainly between the late 11th and the early 14th centuries, about the heroic deeds of broadly historical figures, usually drawn from the Carolingian era ( see Charlemagne ). Most of the surviving chansons de geste are anonymous, with the notable exceptions of Aimeri de Narbonne and Girart de Vienne from the late 12th century, which are attributed to Bertrand de Bar‐sur‐Aube. The representation of historical events in the chansons de geste offered the means of exploring the stresses within contemporary...

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World Encyclopedia

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Current Version:
2004
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Encyclopedias
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49 words

... de geste (Fr. ‘songs of deed’) Epic poems, written in Old French between the 11th and 14th centuries, generally dealing with the campaigns of Charlemagne . These anonymous narratives, of which some 80 survive, describe semi-fictional events in the lives of Guillaume d'Orange, Girart de Roussillon, Roland and...

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Literature
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270 words

... de geste Epic poems in Old French, written mainly between the late 11th and the early 14th centuries, about the heroic deeds of broadly historical figures, usually drawn from the Carolingian era ( see Charlemagne ). Most of the surviving chansons de geste are anonymous, with the notable exceptions of Aimeri de Narbonne and Girart de Vienne from the late 12th century, which are attributed to Bertrand de Bar‐sur‐Aube. In the prologue to Girart de Vienne , Bertrand de Bar‐sur‐Aube defines three groups of chanson de geste on the basis of their...

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
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775 words

...raises new perspectives on chansons de geste aesthetics. *Feud in chansons de geste is at once a stimulus to fear and excitement and a means of generating further narrative. See also literatures: arthurian legend . Jane Gilbert J. Bédier , Les Légendes épiques: Recherches sur la formation des chansons de geste , 4 vols (1908–13). S. Kay , The ‘Chansons de geste’ in the Age of Romance: Political Fictions (1995). J. Rychner , La Chanson de geste: Essai sur l’art épique des jongleurs (1955). F. Suard , La Chanson de geste ...

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A medieval French historical verse romance, typically one connected with Charlemagne. The phrase is French, and means literally ‘song of heroic deeds’, from chanson ‘song’ and geste from Latin gesta ...
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Andrea Immel

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Social sciences
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5,066 words
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Oxford University Press

...texts: basic Latin prayers such as the Paternoster and Creed, the psalms, and the hours. At this stage, boys destined for the ministry, trade, or administration attended school to learn Latin grammar; other children learned to read in their mother tongue. *Ballads and chansons de geste might be given to children to spark their interest in reading, although the practice was generally frowned upon. Social reading—that is, reading aloud to an audience—was a favourite form of entertainment and edification (at least in wealthy households). In a society where...

La Chanson de Guillaume

La Chanson de Guillaume  

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Chanson de geste related to the Cycle de Guillaume. The earliest portions, relating the death of Vivien at L'Archamp, date from about 1100. In a first interpolation (c.1150) Guillaume ‘al ...

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