Bertha of the Big Foot (Berte as grans piés): A Thirteenth-Century Epic by Adenet le Roi

Bertha of the Big Foot (Berte as grans piés): A Thirteenth-Century Epic by Adenet le Roi

Translated by Anna Moore Morton
2013 | 118 + x pp. | 978-0-86698-465-2 | Hardcover 6 x 9 in
MRTS 417 | $45 | £35 |

This is the first translation of Adenet le Roi’s thirteenth-century epic in Old French, Berte as grans piés, into a modern language. The principal characters in this work are women, an unusual circumstance in medieval French literature, especially in epics. Four women make the key decisions and take the crucial actions in Berte. Men are relegated to minor roles. The medieval popularity of this dramatic tale and Adenet’s artistry in telling it should make the translation useful to those who study literature but do not read Old French and to those particularly interested in women’s studies.