Anonymous: Lybeaus Desconus (1315 words)

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Written c.1325-1350, Lybeaus Desconus, or Libeaus Desconus, has sometimes been attributed to Thomas Chestre, though there is little evidence to suggest this except for it being bound together with Sir Launfal, also attributed to Chestre, in one manuscript. The romance survives in six manuscripts, ranging from c.1450 and c.1650, which attest to the relative popularity of the romance. Modern editions favour the Lambeth or Naples manuscripts, which represent two slight variations of the text, with the main difference being the family reunion at the end of the narrative, which the Naples version includes but the Lambeth text does not. The closest analogue is the twelfth-century …

Citation: Bolton, Kirsty. "Lybeaus Desconus". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 January 2021 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=39367, accessed 22 April 2021.]

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