Le Bone Florence of Rome is a Middle English tail-rhyme romance whose unique copy dates to the late fifteenth century. An analogue of Chaucer's Man of Law's Tale, it follows the adventures of a heroine who survives multiple exiles, sexual harassments and false accusations. At the same time, it explores such issues as the abuse of power, the stakes of global conflict, women's place in society and their control over their destiny, all of which are treated in significantly different ways from the Constance story and other medieval tales of calumniated women. This fresh edition is accompanied by a complete line-by-line translation, which makes this text accessible to readers at all levels. Its introduction offers a comprehensive analysis of the themes, ideologies and literary relationships of the romance, together with new insights into its local connections and a detailed description of its manuscript context.
A previous recipient of the Fulbright and Mandel Postdoctoral Fellowships, Jonathan Stavsky is Senior Lecturer of English at Tel Aviv University.
Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations Introduction with notes and bibliography Le Bone Florence of Rome with explanatory and textual notesAppendix 1: MarginaliaAppendix 2: Middle English Words and Idioms Discussed in the Explanatory NotesAppendix 3: Names and Places Index