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Melusine; Or The Noble History Of Lusignan, Donald Maddox, Sara Sturm-Maddox Dec 2011

Melusine; Or The Noble History Of Lusignan, Donald Maddox, Sara Sturm-Maddox

Donald Maddox

Jean d’Arras’s splendid late fourteenth-century prose romance Melusine – written for Jean de Berry, the brother of King Charles V of France – is one of the most significant and complex literary works of the later Middle Ages. The author, promising to tell us “how the noble and powerful fortress of Lusignan in Poitou was founded by a fairy,” writes a ceaselessly astonishing account of the origins of the powerful feudal dynasty of the Lusignans in southwestern France, which flourished in western Europe and the Near East during the age of the Crusades. The spellbinding story of the destinies of ...