Reynard the Fox

Reynard the Fox

|Hardback original

Hardback (16 Oct 2020) | English

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Synopsis

'This is marvellously spirited and adroit storytelling and an exciting example of innovative translation. Anne Louise Avery communicates throughout sheer pleasure in the material and luxuriates in lexical exuberance. Adding mischievous contemporary twists, she has wonderfully refreshed and revivified the medieval collection and shows how these traditional animal fables, with their large and lively cast of characters and their wicked and seductive protagonist, have lost none of their truth-telling power' Marina Warner

Reynard - a subversive, dashing, anarchic, aristocratic, witty fox from the watery lowlands of medieval East Flanders - is in trouble. He has been summoned to the court of King Noble the Lion, charged with all manner of crimes and misdemeanours. How will he pit his wits against his accusers - greedy Bruin the Bear, pretentious Courtoys the Hound or dark and dangerous Isengrim the Wolf - to escape the gallows? Reynard was once the most popular and beloved character in European folklore, as familiar as Robin Hood, King Arthur or Cinderella. His character spoke eloquently for the unvoiced and disenfranchised, but also amused and delighted the elite, capturing hearts and minds across borders and societal classes for centuries. Based on William Caxton's bestselling 1481 English translation of the Middle Dutch, but expanded with new interpretations, innovative language and characterisation, this edition is an imaginative retelling of the Reynard story. With its themes of protest, resistance and duplicity fronted by a personable, anti-heroic Fox making his way in a dangerous and cruel world, this gripping tale is as relevant and controversial today as it was in the fifteenth century.

Book information

ISBN: 9781851245550
Publisher: Bodleian Library
Imprint: Bodleian Library
Pub date:
Edition: |Hardback original
DEWEY: 823.92
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 38
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 746g
Height: 156mm
Width: 207mm
Spine width: 47mm