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Gerard Brault

Gerard Brault

Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of French and Medieval Studies



  1. Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania


Professor Brault's specialty is Old French literature, notably the Song of Roland,but he also made forays into the Tristan poems, medieval heraldry, and New England French-Canadian (Franco-American) studies.

He has published the following books: Celestine: A Critical Edition of the First French Translation (1527) of the Spanish Classic La Celestina (1963); Cours de langue française destiné aux jeunes Franco-Américains (1963, rpt. 1965, 1969); Early Blazon: Heraldic Terminology in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries with Special Reference to Arthurian Literature (1972, rpt. 1997); Eight Thirteenth-Century Rolls of Arms in French and Anglo-Norman Blazon(1973); The Song of Roland: An  Analytical  Edition (2 vols., 1978); La Chanson de Roland:  Student Edition (1984);The French-Canadian Heritage in New England (1986); Rolls of Arms of Edward I (1272-1307) (2 vols., 1997). He has also written well over a hundred articles that have appeared in leading American and European scholarly journals.