Professor D. D. R. (Roy)
Professor of French at the University of St Andrews, Scotland died on 15th
After wartime service with the RAF, Owen
joined the Department of French at St Andrews in 1951, retiring in 1988.
Over the years he published many books and articles on medieval studies,
Evolution of the Grail Legend" (1968), his
translation of Chrétien's Arthurian
Romances for Everyman's Library, a co-edition
of "Two Old French Gauvain Romances", plus work on the
Song of Roland", "Eleanor
of Aquitaine: Queen and Legend", Knighthood
in Medieval Literature, and other
books. In recent years, he worked on the thirteenth- century Arthurian
romance of "Fergus
of Galloway: Knight of King Arthur", with its detailed Scottish
last book was "The
Wandering Giant In Literature: From Polyphemus to Papageno"
tracing the figure from the classics through Arthurian literature to
"The Magic Flute".