Partonope of Blois

Partonope of Blois

Anon.

15th century

England

Manuscript

The romance Partonope of Blois derives from a late twelfth-century French romance of love and magic, Partonopeus de Blois. In this romance, the young hero Partonopeus is transported to a strange city and becomes the lover of Melior, but is forbidden from seeing her. After he breaks the prohibition she banishes him, and he must undergo a series of improbable adventures before winning her hand and becoming the emperor of Byzantium. The fifteenth-century English adaptor was influenced in his own retelling by Chaucer’s narrative style. This copy was originally written in two columns, but now only two much-damaged leaves remain.

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