|The chanson de geste is an essential
experience in any French Literature program, and yet many of us have
allowed the Chanson
de Roland to define the genre through excerpts from commercial
literary anthologies. Thus we fail to note the chanson de geste's
cycles, its thematic variety, and its evolution in the 13th and 14th
towards the fantastic.
This page presents links to 73 manuscripts containing chansons de geste, indexed as in provided online contents. But we also have links to online editions of over 80 different chansons de geste, and other relevant resources. It is part of the Andy Holt Virtual Library's "Manuscripts of Medieval France with Vernacular Texts", a collection of over 800 links to manuscript facsimiles and nearly all of the French medieval literarary canon.