chanson de geste

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chanson de geste

 (də zhĕst′)
n. pl. chansons de geste
Any of more than 80 Old French epic poems of the 11th to the 14th centuries celebrating the deeds of historical or legendary figures, especially the exploits of Charlemagne and his successors.

[French : chanson, song + de, of + geste, heroic exploit.]

chanson de geste

(ʃɑ̃sɔ̃ də ʒɛst)
(Poetry) one of a genre of Old French epic poems celebrating heroic deeds, the most famous of which is the Chanson de Roland
[literally: song of exploits]

chan•son de geste

(ʃɑ̃ sɔ̃ də ˈʒɛst)

n., pl. chan•sons de geste (ʃɑ̃ sɔ̃ də ˈʒɛst)
a medieval French epic poem, typically dealing with historical or legendary heroes of the time of Charlemagne.
[1865–70; < French: literally, song of deeds]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chanson de geste - Old French epic poems
epic, epic poem, heroic poem, epos - a long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds
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et Moralisier ung Petit': Aspects of Allegory in the Mysteres" (189-218); Jelle Koopmans, "Turning a Chanson de Geste into a Mystery, or Non-Religious and Chivalric Mystery Plays" (219-46); Charles Mazouer, "Sermons in the Passions of Mercade, Greban and Jehan Michel" (247-70); Francesc Massip and Lenke Kovacs, "A Typology of Catalan Hay Manuscripts from the Fourteenth Century to the Sixteenth Century" (271-322).
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In chapter 3, "Genres, Language, and Literary History," Furrow examines the "neighbouring genres" of chanson de geste and fabliau, which in French and in Anglo-Norman literary circles define romance by contrast.
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