|Alain Chartier (1385
was born in Bayeaux and studied at the University of Paris. He
lived his life in a difficult part of his country's history, the
Years War. He is best known for his poetry and his
political writing. A particularly well-known work is La Belle Dame sans Mercy,
whose fame was enhanced when John Keats borrowed the title in 1884 for
one of his own works. A number of Alain Chartier's works are in Latin,
and his latinity is emblematic of the Middle Ages, where Latin was in
most cases the official written language, and where, in Chartier's
time, French was emerging as an interprovincial language. Nearly 180
manuscripts through the first quarter of the sixteenth century contain
at least one of Chartier's works. We have listed online facsimiles for
as many as we have found and have done the same for incunabla.
This page is part of the Andy Holt Virtual Library's "Manuscripts of Medieval France with Vernacular Texts", a collection of nearly 1000 links to manuscript facsimiles and nearly all of the French medieval literarary canon.