The research into the names in Boeve is taking on massive proportions and I shall have to just write out what I have and try to prune it all into shape. I began by thinking Notes and Queries, now I’m wondering how big this topic really is, and how much historical and political contextualisation will it demand.
I have been reading J-P Martin’s most interesting introduction to his parallel-text edition of Boeve but alongside that I felt I needed to go back to Stimming and see what he had to say. The route I’m following now will certainly have some relevance to the other work on Bevis, which needs my attention, but the matter of names in Boeve is is already making me reconsider the whole historical trajectory of the romance. I will have to revisit Tristan, and Horn Child as soon as time permits. Beginning to feel the old excitement again – I didn’t expect that!