The “Un-publication” of Floris and Blancheflour in Early-Modern England

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The Middle English Floris and Blancheflour has survived in four medieval manuscripts, including the famous Auchinleck manuscript. The text’s appearance in volumes like Auchinleck, and its wide publication across Europe well into the 1600s, confirms the narrative’s enduring commercial capital. However, no English printer published the text. This study explores why the fledgling English publishing trade set aside this previously “good bet”, despite readily printing other metrical romances.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-386
Number of pages20
JournalCahiers de Recherche Médiévales et Humanistes
Issue number38
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2020

Structured keywords

  • Centre for Medieval Studies


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