Anonymous: Amis and Amiloun (3666 words)

Amis and Amiloun is a Middle English romance spanning 2,508 lines of twelve-line rhyming stanzas. It dates to the late thirteenth century, and was evidently popular throughout Europe, as a large number of witnesses survive in various different versions – almost every language of Europe is covered. It probably originates from a fusion of various folk tales, as the relatively compact text is packed densely with folklore motifs: the chastity test, the evil steward, the disguised leper. The immediate source of this particular Middle English version is unclear, but the original version was likely a French chanson de geste, which probably had its distant origins in folklore (Leach 1937, p. xxxii; Foster 1997, p. 1). <…

Citation:
Bateman, Mary. "Amis and Amiloun". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 March 2018
[https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=38764, accessed 28 May 2018.]

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