«Si quisiesse el fado prestarle mayor vida…». Las conquistas soñadas de Alexandre
María Luisa Cerrón Puga
Having arrived at the eastern end of the world, Alexander the Great wants to go westwards and reach the columns of Hercules and then Rome, but his untimely death in Babylon makes this project vanish. The narration of the life of Alexander made by Q. Curzio Rufo in the Historiae Alexandri Magni, reworked by Gautier de Châtillon in the Alexandreis, is the basis for the rewriting of the author of the Libro de Alexandre, which expands his return journey from India with a series of fantastic episodes derived from Pseudo-Callistenes that give the king the dominion of the entire universe. The temporal suspension in which these dreamlike trips to the other world occur is abruptly interrupted during the last supper in Babylon.
Il Roll Brut nel rotolo London, College of Arms, 12/45 A (prima parte)
Francesco Di Lella
The present paper proposes an analysis of the compilation of historic matter transmitted by roll 12/45 A of the London College of Arms, dated to the last quarter of the 13th century. Amongst the sources for this text – other than Wace’s Roman de Brut and the Livere des reis de Brittanie – is a yet unpublished vernacular version of the Historia Regum Britanniae composed in the last years of the 12th century, here named as Roll Brut. The first half of this study is dedicated to an analysis of the techniques and the (partial) mise en prose through which the Roll Brut has been adapted to fit into the compilation.
Dante e le ambages cavalleresche
Aim of this paper is to reconsider the meaning of the expression Arturi regis ambages pulcerrime in Dante’s De vulgari eloquentia, I x 2. After reviewing the main interpretations proposed by critics, the article investigates the use of the word ambages in classical and mediaeval tradition, with special attention to poetics and rhetorics. The analysis shows that a narratological reading of the passage in Dante does not seem plausible. Rather than alluding to the narrative tecnique of entrelacement, the term seems to point to the complex vicissitudes of Arthurian heroes. It can be seen as a Latin translation of the aventures that were the universally acknowledged object of fascinating courtly narratives, as indicated in romance prologues.
Studying metrical patterns can offer transversal readings of a text, which is why the analysis of a metrical structure as specific as the versus tripertitus caudatus (aabccb) provides us with a wide range of intertextual (and intermelodic) information about different poetic traditions and their development. In this article the author studies the presence of this metrical structure both in the Latin verse connected with the abbey of Saint-Martial de Limoges and the Occitan poetry, the carmina rivipullensia and, to a lesser extent, the Galician-Portuguese lyric.
The A. proposes to identify in the landscape described in the first verses of the composition the location of a garden, worthy of the abode of a king or rich lord. The hapax “fust domesgier” and the other elements of the landscape are reinterpreted and better defined in the light of the comparison with the terminology and the descriptions of gardens documented in Latin technical literature, with particular regard to the types of garden described by Albertus Magnus and Petrus de Crescentiis. Intra-textual connections with the technical language of the naturalistic description of BdT 293, 3 are also highlighted. From this research, useful elements emerge to clarify aspects of the realism of Marcabrunian poetry and to increase the debate, still open, on the classification of the composition in the “pastorella” genre.