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By doughty Arthurs daws / That held England in good laws
Launfal Miles, or Sir Launfal, a ‘Breton lai’ by Thomas Chestre — 1044 lines in 12-line stanzas
Note: For a version in couplets see 5002; see also 1144; for sixteenth-century versions see Wells (1916), 133-4.
Author(s): Thomas Chestre
Title(s): Launfal Miles
Subjects: romances; lais, Breton
Versification: — twelve-line — aabccbddbeeb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Cotton Caligula A.II, ff. 35va-42va
First Lines:
Be douȝty Artours dawes
Þat held engelond yn good lawes…
Last Lines:
…Ȝeue vs alle hys blessyng
And hys modyr marye
Note: Ends ‘Amen’ at end of last line.
Attributed Title: Launfal miles (by scribe in upper margin, f. 35v); Launfall (as RT on verso leaves thereafter); Explicit launfal (by scribe in lower margin, f. 42va); Another old poeme intitled Launfall (f. 1, sixteenth-century list of contents)
Editions:
Ritson, Joseph, ed. Ancient English Metrical Romances. 3 vols. London, 1802; rev. Edmund Goldsmid and repr. Edinburgh: Goldlsmid, 1884: 1.170-215.
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard. Illustrations of the Fairy Mythology of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. London: Shakespeare Society, 1845.
Hazlitt, William Carew. Fairy Tales, legends and romances…. London: Kerslake, 1875: 48.
Erling, Ludwig, ed. Li lais de Launfal. Kempton: T. Dannheimer, 1833.
Kaluza, Max. “Thomas Chestre, Verfasser des Launfal, Libeaus Desconus und Octovian.” Englische Studien 18 (1893): 165-90: 168-84.
French, Walter Hoyt, and Charles Brockway Hale. Middle English Metrical Romances. New York: Prentice-Hall, 1930: 345.
Bliss, Alan Joseph, ed. Sir Launfal. London: T. Nelson, 1960.
Sands, Donald B., ed. Middle English Verse Romances. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1966: 203-32.
Laskaya, Anna, and Eve Salisbury, eds. The Middle English Breton Lays. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1995: 201-62.