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"These seven essays provide a most useful background on the romance Guillaume de Dole that will enable medieval scholars to further appreciate Jean Renart's talent and originality." - Romance Quarterly
"these essays are an excellent source for understanding both Jean Renart and early-13h-century French romance."
"This is an important and welcome collection devoted to a romancer who fully merits such attention."
"This volume serves both as an excellent general introduction to Jean Renart's work and to his Roman de la Rose or Guillaume de Dole in particular, and as an interesting specialized collection of studies by some of the leading Jean Renart scholars."
"An excellent introduction to Jean Renart's Guillaume de Dole, and one that will suggest new directions of research to those who already know the text." The Medieval Review
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"This very serious (and very handsome) book makes one want to (re)read Guillaume de Dole, whether or not one needs a break from twelfth-century 'chivalric exploits, quests for the Holy Grail, and Celtic marvels,' and especially if one enjoys an author's 'poking fun at established conventions.' More importantly, perhaps, these studies confirm, enrich and advance the Jean Renart renaissance of the past twenty years, documented in the very useful 'Selected Bibliography.' - French Review
"A valuable contribution to scholarship on the still little-known thirteenth-century romance of Jean Renart." - Notes and Queries
--Notes and Queries
"Offers an outstanding overview of critical work on Jean Renart's Rose, both reviewing and nuancing previous scholarship and providing several new and distinct interpretations of the text." -Speculum
"Nancy Vine Durling is to be congratulated for bringing together such an intelligent collection: the overall quality is extremely high, the dialogue between essays particularly effective, and the bibliography at the end of the volume remarkably complete." -Speculum