Dr Elsabe Einhorn, a former lecturer in UCT French studies section, recently donated a copy of her latest book, The William of Orange Epics, aka The Heroic Deeds of Count William of Orange and His Kin, to UCT Libraries.
The work, some 20 years in the making, is Einhorn's translation into vivid modern English of the 17 most important epic poems from the William Cycle, a series that recounts the chivalric tales of medieval knight, Count William of Orange. The original Old French poems date back to the 12th and 13th centuries. While there have been selective translations of many of the William epics, Einhorn's new text is thought to be the only one to include such a substantial range in one volume.
Apart from the copy that will be available on the UCT shelves soon, an electronic version of the book can be purchased at www.ampersandbooks.co.za.
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