Les Eschéz d’Amours may be the last great medieval allegory to find its way into a modern edition. In the tradition of the
Roman de la Rose, the
Eschéz surveys matters of love, politics, economics, music, medicine, and chess through the lens of classical and Scholastic learning. In addition to the first 16,293 (of over 30,000) verses newly edited out of the manuscripts, the editors present a complete apparatus of literary, historical and linguistic essays that place the poem in the context of the scholarly and courtly life of late 14th century Paris. The important Latin glosses of the Venice manuscript of the
Eschéz follow in an edition of their own, with critical notes and translation.