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Archives de l'Etat du Valais/Staatsarchiv Wallis
Ms. litt. 10/1
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Chanson de la Reine Sebile (fragment)
Parchment · 1 f. · 30 x 20 cm · around 1300
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The Chanson de la Reine Sebile or Macaire is a work from the end of the 12th century that belongs to the medieval French epics, more precisely to the epics that refer to the "poetic biography of Charlemagne": Macaire, who is in love with Queen Sebile, wife of Charlemagne, conspires so that she is unjustly accused of adultery, cast out, and sent into exile, to be rehabilitated in the end. More than 200 alexandrines from this heroic epic are known. They come from five different fragments that were not part of the same original manuscript and are today held in Brussels, Royal Library of Belgium (ms. II 139, ff. 3r-4r: 2 13th century fragments), in Sheffield, University Library (ms 137: 2 13th century fragments), and in Sion, State Archive of Valais. The fragment from Sion was discovered in 1925 by Leo Meyer, cantonal librarian and state archivist, in an old binding and removed. It was then edited by Paul Aebischer (1950), who dated it to around 1300. The fragment, which has a hole in one place, contains 168 verses in two columns. Its only decoration are red initials at the beginning of the verses. (rou)
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10.5076/e-codices-aev-Mslitt-0010-1 (
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13th century, 14th century
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Mattia Cavagna, « Les Enfances Louis, le Charlemagne furieux ou la Chanson de la reine Sebile : notes sur la biographie poétique de Charlemagne à partir d’un fragment épique conservé à Bruxelles », Vox Romanica, 74, 2015, pp. 99-123 (en part. 101 et 103).

Paul Aebischer, « Fragments de la Chanson de la Reine Sebile et du roman de Florence de Rome conservés aux Archives cantonales de Sion », Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie, 66, 1950, pp. 385–408 (en part. 385-401).

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