Anonymous: Melusine (Middle English versions) (3631 words)


Though clearly rooted in earlier European folklore, the first known written version of the legend of Melusine was composed in Middle French by Jean d’Arras in 1393. Widely classified as a prose romance, Le Roman de Mélusine’s interest in genealogy, crusading history, and mythical origins also aligns the narrative with the chronicle genre. The plot follows the titular protagonist, Melusine, a snake-tailed fairy, who marries a nobleman, births strange hybrid children, fashions magical buildings, and founds the illustrious House of Lusignan. In 1402, another French author known as Coudrette transformed the romance into Middle French verse and gave it a new title, Le Roman de Parthenay, in honour of his p…

Citation: Colquitt, Olivia. "Melusine (Middle English versions)". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 January 2018 [, accessed 07 August 2022.]

37165 Melusine (Middle English versions) 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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