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This introduction provides an overview of Comparison of the Editions and its chapters. For a comparison of the published editions of William's Historia and the Eracles text, the author has used Robert Huygens's edition from 1986 for the Latin, a modern critical edition based on the nine surviving manuscripts, and Paulin Paris's 1879-1880 edition for the Old French. Paris relied on a limited number of the fifty-one surviving manuscripts and failed to understand the manuscript stemma, and therefore various concerns are raised over how accurately that edition reflects differences to the Latin text. To address these concerns the author has consulted a selection of manuscripts that preserve an early form of the Eracles text. The author has added F38 manuscript to the other four early manuscripts in checking various alterations. The remainder of the first part of this book discusses the differences between the Latin and Old French texts.

Keywords: Eracles; F38 manuscript; Historia; Latin text; old French texts



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