Sir Degare

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    Abstract

    Sir Degare is a fourteenth‐century romance written in octosyllabic couplets and is classified as a Breton lay. It is extant in six manuscripts and three early printed editions. The story concerns Degare's quest to find his parents, during the course of which he narrowly avoids committing incest with his mother and killing his father, instead reuniting his parents and finding a lady of his own to marry. Early scholarship was highly critical of Sir Degare's aesthetic form; more recent critics have found much of interest in the romance's folkloric elements and oedipal themes.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain
    EditorsSiân Richard, Robert Rouse
    PublisherWiley Online Library
    Pages1706-1708
    Number of pages3
    ISBN (Electronic)9781118396957
    ISBN (Print)9781118396988
    DOIs
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Aug 2017

    Publication series

    NameThe Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain

    Keywords

    • Sir Degare
    • Romance
    • Literature

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