The Tale of the Alerion

Guillaume de Machaut
Edited and translated by Minnette Gaudet and Constance B. Hieatt

© 1994

Guillaume de Machaut, the most important poet and musician of fourteenth-century France, had considerable influence on subsequent generations of writers in both France and England. With this scholarly translation, Minnette Gaudet and Constance B. Hieatt made his long-neglected narrative poem, the Dit de l’alerion – a treatise on love and falconry – available to students of medieval literature.
In the poem, Machaut defines the problems and pleasures of courtly love by comparing them to those of falconry, a sport which modern readers know little about. The introduction and notes to this edition provide valuable information about the art of falconry, thus clarifying aspects of the poem which might be hard to understand today. The scholarly notes and introduction furnish explications and variant readings of obscure passages and comments on wordplay. A running summary of the contents of the poem is also provided in the margins.

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With this scholarly translation, Minnette Gaudet and Constance B. Hieatt made this long-neglected narrative poem, the Dit de l’alerion – a treatise on love and falconry – available to students of medieval literature.

The Tale of the Alerion

Guillaume de Machaut
Edited and translated by Minnette Gaudet and Constance B. Hieatt

© 1994

Guillaume de Machaut, the most important poet and musician of fourteenth-century France, had considerable influence on subsequent generations of writers in both France and England. With this scholarly translation, Minnette Gaudet and Constance B. Hieatt made his long-neglected narrative poem, the Dit de l’alerion – a treatise on love and falconry – available to students of medieval literature.
In the poem, Machaut defines the problems and pleasures of courtly love by comparing them to those of falconry, a sport which modern readers know little about. The introduction and notes to this edition provide valuable information about the art of falconry, thus clarifying aspects of the poem which might be hard to understand today. The scholarly notes and introduction furnish explications and variant readings of obscure passages and comments on wordplay. A running summary of the contents of the poem is also provided in the margins.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.7in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘This attractive volume is a welcome addition to the growing list of works making Guillaume de Machaut more accessible to English readers … It is to be hoped that the beauty of this English translation and the helpfulness of the introductory material will tempt readers to take up a closer study of Guillaume's original poem.’


    Robert Taylor
    University of Toronto Quarterly
  • Author Information

    Minnette Gaudet was an associate professor of French at the University of Western Ontario.


    Constance B. Hieatt was an emeritus professor of English at the University of Western Ontario.

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