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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The walls were hung all round with most elaborate and brightly colored tapestry, representing the achievements of Sir Bevis of Hampton, and behind this convenient screen were stored the tables dormant and benches which would be needed for banquet or high festivity.
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.
In the Middle English text Bevis of Hampton, the relationship between the protagonist, Bevis, and his horse, Arondel, inverts the chivalric convention, and reveals a human dependence on the animal.
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.
From my own notes, I can already offer one revision of consequence: STC 1987 (Duff 44), the celebrated fragment of Bevis of Hampton in the Bodleian Library (Douce Fragm.
David Matthews continues the theme of Enlightenment-inspired medievalism and protonationalism with a study of legendary heroes Guy of Warwick and Bevis of Hampton in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literary circles, while articles by Helen Phillips, John Marshall, and David Mills examine gender in Chaucer's writings, Robin Hood's embodiment of pageantry, and the Chester Plays, respectively.
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.
There are source studies: Hamlet is compared with the Anglo-Norman romance Bevis of Hampton, and Robert Greene's play of Orlando furioso identified as a source for Othello.
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.
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.
The Nachleben of a much better-known romance, Sir Bevis of Hampton, is the subject of Jennifer Fellows's fascinating contribution: she traces the many printed editions through the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (amazingly, it continued to be printed in metrical form until 1711).