This volume is a reworking of the author's i993 doctoral thesis on the prose Thebes, and includes discussions of Wauchier de Denain's Vie mon seignerr seint Marciau, two vernacular Lives of St Eustache (one in prose and one in verse), Aucassin et Nicolette
, 12 Lai d'Aristote, and Join ville's Vie de saint Louis alongside the Theban section of the Histoire and anciennce Cesar.
After an introduction by the editors and a toughly technical essay by Kristin Hanson and Paul Kiparsky on the nature of verse and its consequences for the mixed form, there are essays on prosimetrum in the classical tradition by Jan Ziolkowski; in Aucassin et Nicolette
and other medieval French examples by Ardis Butterfield; in Insular Celtic literature by Proinsias Mac Cana; in Icelandic saga by Joseph Harris; in German Romanticism by Judith Ryan; in the cante fable and occidental folk narrative by W.
This is a valuable study linking formula and parody in the fabliaux and in two texts: the epic Pelerinage de Charlemagne and the chantefable Aucassin et Nicolette