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.]
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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]
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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]
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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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The subject of the first case study is the only Old French medieval manuscript to contain the chanson de geste of Elye de Saint-Gille (BnF, MS FR.
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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).
C'est sans doute a cause de l'importance du "Sac" en general, et peut-etre encore de l'introduction d'une matiere jusqu'ici etrangere a la chanson de geste, a savoir la courtoisie des troubadours et des premiers romanciers francais qui a du attirer egalement l'interet des copistes tout au cours de la transmission du Charroi, que les vingt premiers vers de ce recit surtout constituent le passage le plus brouille de tout le poeme.
Melissa Furrow's "Chanson de Geste as Romance in England" similarly shows how the Anglo-Normans adopted the narrative of Charlemagne and the other heroes of chanson de geste as a "justification for the violence at the heart of Christian chivalry (63), most notably through the conflict with the Saracen other.
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.
We find the phrase par nicete, by means of or as a consequence of 'niceness', in the Old French chanson de geste Huon de Bordeaux, when the administrative incompetence of two young heirs is explained: Par niceteit oblient cez mestier ('they forget their duties because of their inexperience') (Kibler and Suard eds 2003, v.
Edited and with commentary by Morgan (modern languages and literatures, Loyola College), this two-volume text reproduces all of these chanson de geste in a single format.
To the pioneers of Romance philology, the chanson de geste appeared hampered by all those repetitions that modern French aesthetics had taught its pupils to track down and eliminate.