Bevis of Hampton


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Bevis of Hampton

(bē`vĭs), English metrical romance of the early 14th cent. that also appears in Anglo-Norman, French, Italian, Scandinavian, Celtic, and Slavonic versions. Although its adventures are made up of such stock motifs as murder, mistaken identity, and revenge, the tale is nevertheless notable for its broad humor.
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He is also mentioned by Walter Map in the De nugis curialium (14) (81-82), by Malory in the Morte Darthur (193), and most importantly, in Bevis of Hampton (15) (l.
Wade, too, is a dragon-slayer: in Bevis of Hampton, the following is told of him:
15) Bevis of Hampton is one of the central characters of the Matter of England, and stories of his exploits can be found as far as Romania.
The influences most often cited for Tolkien's creation of 'the one ring' usually take the form of literary or legendary rings such as the Ring of the Niebelungs, or the old king's ring in the 14th century story of Bevis of Hampton.
Furrow offers nuanced readings of the Anglo-Norman romances Estoire des Engleis, Le Lai d'Havelok, Horn, and Boeve de Haumtone contrasted with the Middle English Havelok the Dane, King Horn, and the Auchinleck Bevis of Hampton.
The book, the author tells us, is "a study of medieval writers in later print" (vii), and the writers or written works she includes are, primarily, Beowulf, Piers Plowman, Guy of Warwick and Bevis of Hampton, John Gower, Geoffrey Chaucer, and Jean Froissart.
The paper investigates whether this was the case in the texts of Guy of Warwick, Bevis of Hampton, and Sowdon of Babylon, which represent the East Midland dialect in Late Middle English.
Bevis of Hampton is from the second quarter of the 14th century, and the last of the three belongs to the start of the 15th century.
Indeed, this is the use which is found in the text of the Guy of Warwick and Bevis of Hampton.
Interestingly, the suffix appears in the texts of Guy of Warwick and Bevis of Hampton with words, whose roots were of non-native, Romance origin.
There is only a single occurrence of a hybrid form in the text of the Bevis of Hampton with the word morage.
As Jennifer Fellows shows in tracing the early printed editions of Sir Bevis of Hampton, there is a long history of mocking the romances as frivolous or artistically inept.