is a twelfth-century romance by a poet who names himself as Hue de Rotelande (Hugh of Rhuddlan). It is composed in octosyllabic verse in insular French, also known as Anglo-Norman, the form of French used widely in the British Isles after the Norman Conquest in 1066.


was probably composed near Hereford sometime between 1174 and 1191 (see below).

Ipomedon, the prince of Apulia, makes for the court of the heiress of Calabria, who has vowed only to marry the best knight in the world, thus earning herself the sobriquet La Fiere (The Proud). Ipomedon and La Fiere fall in love; however, for reasons unknown, Ipomedon devotes his time solely to hunting rather than to proving his knightly prowess, meaning that La Fiere is forced to reject him as suitor.  Ipomedon resolves to

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Citation: Lampitt, Matthew Siôn. "Ipomedon". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 May 2018 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=38823, accessed 26 May 2024.]

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