Un Dit moral contre Fortune
A critical edition of MS Paris, BnF, fr. 25 418

Edited by Glynnis M. Cropp in association with John Keith Atkinson

European Translations 6

Modern Humanities Research Association

31 August 2018  •  182pp

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The anonymous fifteenth-century French verse translation of Boethius’s Consolatio Philosophiae, contained in a single known manuscript, Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, fr. 25418, fols 1–74r, is a revised and abridged version of the major French translation, Le Roman de Fortune et de Felicité, edited by Béatrice Atherton as her doctoral thesis for the University of Queensland (1994). The title of the present critical edition is derived from the opening strophe of the reviser’s Prologue: ‘Pour le Tout Poissant honnourer | … Contre Fortune … | Dez dis Böece vueil conter | C’om dit de Consolacion’, which indicates the Christian didactic purpose intended and expressed in moral lessons for living in this world. Consisting of Books I–IV only of the Consolatio, the text lacks the complex philosophical issues of Book V and throws into relief the dichotomy of Fortune and Felicity. Pruning of the mythological narratives, historical examples, and nature images by the reviser produced a somewhat lean abrégé of Boethius’s thought, but with Christian emphasis. With prudent editing, the translation constitutes a coherent whole and is recognised as one of the thirteen distinct medieval French translations of the Consolatio Philosophiae.

Glynnis Cropp is Emeritus Professor of French at Massey University.

Reviews:

  • ‘Une bonne contribution à une meilleure connaissance de la diffusion des traductions françaises de la Consolation de Boèce.’ — Gilles Roques, Revue de Linguistique Romane 83.1, janvier-juin 2019, 278-83
  • ‘This edition by Glynnis M. Cropp and John Keith Atkinson of Un dit moral contre Fortune, BnF, MS fr. 25418, is an important addition to the study of the medieval French versions of Boethius’s most popular work.’ — Tracy Adams, French Studies 74.1, January 2020, 106-07 (full text online)
  • ‘In the long and complex history of the Consolatio Philosophiae's transmission and interpretation, Cropp and Atkinson's volume presents a 'last link in a chain of translations' and is thus an important and necessary addition to studies in the field.’ — Jenny Davis Barrett, Parergon 37.2, 2020, 200-01

Contents:

vii-vii
Preface
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viii-viii
Abbreviations
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1-27
Introduction
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28-133
Un Dit Moral Contre Fortune
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134-138
Appendix 1: Table of Concordance: Le Roman De Fortune Et De Felicité and Un Dit Moral Contre Fortune
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139-143
Appendix 2: Sample Passages of Le Roman De Fortune Et De Felicité (ed. By B. Atherton): With Brief Notes For Comparison With Un Dit Moral Contre Fortune
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144-152
Notes On the Text
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153-156
Table of Proper Names
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157-169
Glossary
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170-174
Bibliography
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Bibliography entry:

Atkinson, Glynnis M. Cropp in association with John Keith (ed.), Un Dit moral contre Fortune: A critical edition of MS Paris, BnF, fr. 25 418, European Translations, 6 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2018)

First footnote reference: 35 Un Dit moral contre Fortune: A critical edition of MS Paris, BnF, fr. 25 418, ed. by Glynnis M. Cropp in association with John Keith Atkinson, European Translations, 6 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2018), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Atkinson, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Atkinson, Glynnis M. Cropp in association with John Keith (ed.). 2018. Un Dit moral contre Fortune: A critical edition of MS Paris, BnF, fr. 25 418, European Translations, 6 (Cambridge: MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Atkinson 2018: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Atkinson 2018: 21.

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