Antéchrist

This poetic work (1214 lines) describing the death of the Antichrist was copied at Verona in the years before 1251 and bound in a manuscript with several other French texts, including three French-language prayers to Jesus, Mary, and St. Michael, a Franco-Italian life of Saint Catherine, and a series prayers to the Virgin in Latin. The author of the Antechrist, who wrote the work prior to its inclusion in the mid-thirteenth century manuscript, claims that French was his first language, and that he found the material for his poem in a Latin book kept in Rome which he had seen and read several times before he rendered the story in French. Although written in the area where Franco-Italian eventually flourished, the language of the text more closely resembles works from the northern part of France than from Italy.

Manuscript

Paris, Bibliotheque de l’Aresenal 3645

Edition

Deux Versions Inedites de la Legende de L’Antechrist en Vers Francais du XIIIe Siecle. Ed. E. Walberg. Lund: C.W.K. Gleerup, 1928.

“Some Old French Poems on the Antichrist,” L.E. Kastner, ed. The Modern Language Review, vol. 2 (1906-7) pp. 31-33.