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Vol. 20 Horn Childe and Maiden Rimnild

Edited by Maldwyn Mills. Edition from MS Auchinleck, Advocates’ 19.2.1

As one of the romances ‘praised’ by Chaucer in Sir Thopas, Horn Childe has been viewed by most scholars other than Trounce as rym doggerel, much inferior to the better-known King Horn. Matters have not been helped by the relative inaccessibility and shortcomings of the editions of Caro (1889) and Hell (1901).  It is to be hoped that the present edition may lead to a reassessment of the literary merits of the work. A major concern of the Introduction is to demonstrate the variety of its narrative technique, and to establish its original no less than its representative qualities as a tail-rhyme romance.  Comparison is made with other tail-rhyme romances of the Auchinleck collection, with other versions of the story of Horn, and with other romances belonging to the Matter of England.

This volume is currently out of print.