David Barnett

Book of Fortune and Prudence by Bernat Metge, with introduction and translation by David Barnett (London/Barcelona: Tamesis/Barcino, 2011), £19.99.

Written around 1381 by Bernat Metge, the most important Catalan writer of the fourteenth century, the Book of Fortune and Prudence is a fantasy in verse, drawing on learned sources, principally The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius. It recounts the meeting between, Bernat, the protagonist and narrator, and the goddesses Fortune and Prudence. The edition includes an introduction to the author and the text, as well as an English (prose) translation and the original Catalan.

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