Troilus in French

Troilus in French

Pierre de Beauveau

late 15th century

France

Manuscript

This richly illustrated manuscript contains Le Roman de Troÿle by Pierre de Beauveau, a French version of Giovanni Boccaccio’s fourteenth-century Trojan poem Il filostrato, which was also Chaucer’s main source for Troilus and Criseyde. In the illustration at the start of the text, (fol. 2v) the Trojans gather to pray to the god Pallas in a contemporary city setting. Troilus (in a red tunic) is about to fall for Criseyde (in widow’s black), while the threatening Greek encampment is clustered at the top right of the picture. On fol. 15r, Pandarus (Troilus's friend and Criseyde's uncle) encourages Criseyde to consider accepting Troilus's love. Their conversation is placed in apposition to the suggestive actions of the monkey and dog in the foreground. On fol. 26r the lovers kiss and go to bed. On fol. 35r, King Priam of Troy makes the fateful decision to exchange Criseyde in return for Antenor, who will later betray Troy to the Greeks.

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