Democratic “Flamenca”: read it online for free, and relatively cheaply in paperback

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  • two online resources
  • four paperbacks, published between 2008 and 2015, ranging in price from €9.20 to €40.00


  1. A photocopy of the manuscript and its transcription are in John Leonard Ryan, The Romance of Flamenca, diss. University of New Mexico 1974. Via ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global (a.k.a. Dissertation Abstracts International).
  2. Paul Meyer’s second edition of the text (1901) and his French translation (first edition, 1865) are available via Le Roman de Flamenca Corpus: Indiana University, Bloomington; work in progress on the rest of the project, but the texts are already up there; Olga Scrivner, Sandra Kübler, Barbara Vance, and Eric Beuerlein. See also here.

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Some sample text and translation:


[UPDATED 2016-05-19] And the following, already searchable in those fields most useful to a general reader and to many literary critics, may help to give some sense of where this project may be going in the future, including a digital reproduction of the manuscript c/o Project Occitanica:

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Here’s an example, the first extant page of Flamenca (as is; it has many lacunae, including one at the very beginning):

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Meyer’s first and second editions, being out of copyright, are also both online for free (Google Books etc.).


All the following also feature assorted paratextual paraphernalia; I’m just looking here at the availability of Flamenca proper, as for the present purpose of reading I’m more interested in the work speaking for itself.

  1. 2008: Roberta Manetti.
    Facing-page Old Occitan original (in an actual new edition) and modern Italian prose translation.
    €40, seen variously on special offer for €34
    ISBN 9788870005127

  1. 2010: Jaime Covarsi Carbonero.
    Modern Spanish prose translation only (the base text used is Huchet’s 1982 edition of the original).
    ISBN 9788483719268

3. 2014: François Zufferey & Valérie Fasseur.
Facing-page Old Occitan original (in an actual new edition) and modern French prose translation.
ISBN 9782253082569

Some images from inside the book may be found in another meta-meta-medieval post from October 2014:

4. 2015: Anton Espadaler.
Modern Catalan prose translation only (base unknown, pages containing that information being absent from the Google Books preview; will confirm anon).
ISBN 9788447538980


A decent historical overview of Flamenca‘s textual existence may be found at ARLIMA:

Flamenca is also available in digitised form thanks to the Concordance of Medieval Occitan for which the edition selected was that of Gschwind. (The COM is a vital resource for Occitanists but hai las not cheap.)

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