Machaut (Prelims) lecture 3

Podlecture 3 is about Machaut as a multimedia artist.

Fortune cranks her wheel in MS C, f.30v

Podlecture 3: Multimedia Machaut

READING: remember, links on ORLO for Oxford Students.


On Boethius, see:

  • The Consolation of Philosophy. Translated by S. J. Tester. The Loeb Classical Library. Vol. 74, Cambridge, MA and London: Harvard University Press, 1973.
  • Barrett, Sam. The Melodic Tradition of Boethius’ De consolatione philosophiae in the Middle Ages. Monumenta Monodica Medii Aevi: Subsidia. Bärenreiter, 2013.

For everything else, see:

  • Boulton, Maureen Barry McCann. The Song in the Story: Lyric Insertions in French Narrative Fiction, 1200-1400. Middle Ages series. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993.
  • Butterfield, Ardis. Poetry and Music in Medieval France: From Jean Renart to Guillaume de Machaut. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.


For text and translation, see:

  • Wimsatt, James I., William W. Kibler, and Rebecca A. Baltzer, eds. Guillaume de Machaut: Le Jugement du Roy de Behaigne and Remede de Fortune. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1988.

And read:

  • Huot, Sylvia. “Guillaume de Machaut and the Consolation of Poetry.” Modern Philology 100 (2002): 169-95.
  • Leach 2011, Chapter 4 (‘Hope: Loving’).


For text and translation, see:

  • Palmer, R. Barton, ed. Guillaume de Machaut: The Judgment of the King of Navarre. Vol. 45, Garland Library of Medieval Literature (Series A). New York: Garland, 1988.

And read:

  • Leach 2011, Chapter 4 (‘Hope: Loving’).


For text and translation, see:

  • Leech-Wilkinson, Daniel, and R. Barton Palmer, eds. Guillaume de Machaut: Le livre dou voir dit (The Book of the True Poem). Vol. 106, Garland Library of Medieval Literature. New York: Garland, 1998.

And read:

  • Leech-Wilkinson and Palmer 1998, Introduction.


Check you know what or who the following are:

  1. palinode
  2. prosimetrum
  3. Boethius
  4. Charles de Navarre (Charles, King of Navarre = ‘Charles the bad’)
  5. Bonne of Luxembourg
  6. the Black Death
  7. sublimation
  8. narrative
  9. lyric
  10. formes fixes


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