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Miracles de Notre-Dame: Tires du Rosarius.

Ed. by Pierre Kunstmann, Publications medievales de l'Universite d'Ottawa, 17 (Ottawa: Presses de l'Universite d'Ottawa, 1991). xxx + 302 pp. ISBN 2-7603-0342-x. Can. $36. This is a useful edition of fifty-two enjoyably written Miracles de Notre Dame from the early fourteenth century. The author, a Dominican from the area of Soissons, arranges his collection as a Rosary of Our Lady: each |decade' consisting of a physical description of a plant, animal, stone or chose, followed by a comparison of the plant, etc., with Our Lady. Then follows the story of the miracle. He uses the common Latin sources but does not follow the French of his predecessor Gautier de Coinci except in a few (always clearly indicated) places. Throughout he indicates references and sources to other works with unusual consistency. The miracle is followed by a brief transitional speech then a chanson, a lai or a dit many of them secular in tone. One small criticism: in the |Index of narrative elements', the meaning of manque, (especially in manque a gagner) is somewhat obscure. Otherwise the texts of the miracles are presented dearly and helpfully with summaries of the stories, useful notes, a glossary and indexes.
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Author:Muir, Lynette
Publication:Medium Aevum
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Mar 22, 1993
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