Philippe de Novare: Another Epic Historian?

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Abstract

The thirteenth-century author, Philippe de Novare, was writing close to the beginning of the French historiographic tradition. When he came to compose his Mémoires, his account of the war in Cyprus and the Holy Land between the Ibelin family and Emperor Frederick II, Philippe drew, like his predecessor, Geoffroy de Villehardouin, upon epic models. Epic influence can be seen in his structuring of the narrative, in his presentation of his protagonists and in his use of stylistic features. But Philippe was much more of a literary man than Villehardouin, which explains the more varied texture of his work.

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