Calves

Peter Godman

  • Andreas Capellanus on Love translated by P.G. Walsh
    Duckworth, 329 pp, £28.00, November 1982, ISBN 0 7156 1436 3

‘Knights should be naturally endowed with slim calves and neat feet whose length exceeds their width as if moulded by a craftsman, but I observe that your calves are on the contrary pudgy, bulging, round and stunted, and your feet are as broad as long, and gigantic to boot,’ jibes a countess to a commoner, referring not to his shoe-size (‘gigantic to boot’) but to the dimensions of his feet, in this stylish but not always lucid translation. The commoner replies:

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[*] Andreas Capellanus (Münster, 1981).