Bibliography (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
Billings, Anna Hunt. A Guide to the Middle English Metrical Romances. New York: Haskell House, 1965. Dated in its commentary, but this study contains useful details about the date of composition, authorship, and poetic qualities of Bevis of Hampton. Helpful as a starting point for further scholarly study.
Loomis, Laura Alandis Hibbard. Medieval Romance in England: A Study of the Sources and Analogues of the Non-Cyclic Metrical Romances. Rev. ed. New York: Burt Franklin, 1963. Discusses the sources of Bevis of Hampton and its international flavor, achieved through the wanderings of the hero. Includes a bibliography of secondary sources.
Holmes, U. T. A History of Old French Literature from the Origins to 1300. New York: F. S. Crofts, 1938. Discusses Bevis of Hampton as one of several chansons de geste that were immediately popular and that influenced subsequent literature in a number of countries. Believes the work is misclassified as a romance.
Mehl, Dieter. The Middle English Romances of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1968. Describes the form of the work and traces its popularity with medieval audiences. Notes that the writer achieves unity by focusing on the hero; the emphasis throughout is on action rather than...
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