Shameless Plug: Aucassin and Nicolette

My latest Kelmscott-style reprint from Rossignol Books is now available! Aucassin and Nicolette, as translated by Andrew Lang. Aucassin and Nicolette is from Old French, where it was written sometime in the 1100’s or 1200’s. No one knows who wrote it, or for whom, but it is one of the most, if not the most, beautiful story in all of medieval literature. It was written in alternating prose and poetry, and tells the story of Aucassin, son of Count Garin of Beaucaire, and Nicolette, a slave girl bought from Carthage, whose families try to drive them apart. Mingled with this story are some of the most realistic glimpses of peasant life we have, a trip to the strange land of Torelore, warfare, pirates, and more. Will true love triumph? Will Aucassin stop moping and become a great knight? Will Nicolette ever be reunited with her birth family? Why is the King of Torelore tending his baby while his wife leads his army? Find out the answers to these and more questions, in Aucassin and Nicolette.

The Rossignol Books edition includes the original music for the poetry, and fifteen illustrations from a classic Romantic-era edition. For a mere US$7.50, plus shipping and handling, this beautiful reprint of a beautiful story can be yours!

Rossignol Books

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