Lai d'Ignaures, en vers, du XII. siecle; suivi des lais de Melion et du Trot, en vers, du XIII. siecle, publies, pour la premiere fois par L. J. N. Monmerque et Francisque Michel
Renaud de Beaujeu is the name of a medieval French author of Arthurian romance. He is known for only one major work, Le Bel Inconnu, the Fair Unknown, a poem of 6266 lines in Old French that was composed in the late-twelfth or early-thirteenth century. Renaud left us his name at the end of this poem: 'Renals de Biauju, or, as usually written, Renaud de Beaujeu', In modern French he is known as Renaut de Beaujeu. Le Bel Inconnu survives in only one manuscript: Chantilly, Bibliothèque du Château, 472 (626).William Henry Schofield, a Harvard scholar, wrote of Renaud de Beaujeu in 1895: 'He is only known to us otherwise as the author of a song, one stanza of which is preserved in Le Roman de la Rose ou de Guillaume de Dole. As Gaston Paris says, this citation shows, however, that he was a knight and that his song was well known before the year 1200.'