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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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.