Reynard persuades the crow to sing and drop the cheese he is holding, in Le Roman de Renart: Add MS 15229, f. 33r
The course goes over a little bit of historical context of what Middle English is, introduces beast fables as a narrative form, and then suggests a few readings in the original Middle English to tackle. There are not a lot of surviving beast narratives from medieval England, so it makes for the perfect short topic course. If you’re even remotely interested in the Middle Ages as a topic of study, or are just curious to hear what it sounded like, I think you’ll find the material really interesting.
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