A valuable resource for those interested in the French chansons de geste.
[A] useful and commendable introductory study.
Achieve[s] a comfortable balance between providing materials useful to those reading the most commonly-taught texts and gently nudging medievalists away from old favourites. . . .A highly useful introduction to one of the most important medieval genres.
--The Medieval Review
Produce[s] an excellent introduction to the tradition of the Old French chansons de geste. . .[with] its impeccable scholarship and accessible well organized writing style.
Jones’s Manual . . . steers us through a tangled epic topography without ever meandering off course. This Sharp, elegantly written overview of the chansons de geste presents them as still readable and teachable tales, even when what they celebrate irks modern sensibilities.
This concise volume . . . illuminates the concerns, textual forms, conventions, and historicity of a genre which has often been obscure to undergraduates and non-specialists.
--Modern Language Review