Language and Culture in Medieval Britain

Language and Culture in Medieval Britain

The French of England, c.1100-c.1500

Edited by Jocelyn Wogan-Browne et al.

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Overview

Overview

Groundbreaking surveys of the complex interrelationship between the languages of English and French in medieval Britain.
With co-editors: CAROLYN COLLETTE, MARYANNE KOWALESKI, LINNE MOONEY, AD PUTTER, and DAVID TROTTER

England was more widely and enduringly francophone in the middle ages than many standard accounts of its history, culture and language allow. The development of French in England, whether known as "Anglo-Norman" or "Anglo-French", is deeply interwoven both with medieval English and with the spectrum of Frenches, insular and continental, used within and outside the realm. As the language of nearly a thousand literary texts, of much administration, and of many professions and occupations, the French of England needs more attention than it has so far received.
The essays in this volume form a new cultural history focussed round, but not confined to, the presence and interactions of French speakers, writers, readers, texts and documents in England from the eleventh to the later fifteenth century. Taking the French of England into account does not simply add new material to our existing narratives of medieval English culture, but changes them, restoring a multi-vocal, multi-cultural medieval England in all its complexity, and opening up fresh agendas for study and exploration.

Contributors: HENRY BAINTON, MICHAEL BENNETT, JULIA BOFFEY, RICHARD BRITNELL, CAROLYN COLLETTE, GODFRIED CROENEN, HELEN DEEMING, STEPHANIE DOWNES, MARTHA DRIVER, MONICA H. GREEN, RICHARD INGHAM, REBECCA JUNE, MARYANNE KOWALESKI, PIERRE KUNSTMANN, FRANCOISE H. M. LE SAUX, SERGE LUSIGNAN, TIM WILLIAM MACHAN, JULIA MARVIN, BRIAN MERRILEES, RUTH NISSE, MARILYN OLIVA, W. MARK ORMROD, HEATHER PAGAN, LAURIE POSTLEWATE, JEAN-PASCAL POUZET, AD PUTTER, GEOFF RECTOR, DELBERT RUSSELL, THEA SUMMERFIELD, ANDREW TAYLOR, DAVID TROTTER, ELIZABETH M. TYLER, NICHOLAS WATSON, JOCELYN WOGAN-BROWNE, ROBERT F. YEAGER

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20 black and white, 1 line illustrations
560 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Hardback, 9781903153277, October 2009
Paperback, 9781903153475, September 2013
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York Medieval Press
BIC CB, 1DBKE, 2AB, 3H
BISAC LIT011000
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Table of Contents

Introduction
French Language in Contact with English: Social Context and Linguistic Change (mid 13th-14th centuries) - Serge Lusignan
The Language of Complaint: Multilingualism and Petitioning in Later Medieval England - W M Ormrod
The Persistence of Anglo-Norman 1230-1362: A Linguistic Perspective - Richard Ingham
Syntaxe anglo-normande: étude de certaines caractéristiques du XIIe au XIVe siècle (with English summary) - Pierre Kunstmann
'"Fi a debles," quath the king.' Language Mixing in England's Vernacular Historical Narratives, c.1290 - c. 1340 - Thea Summerfield
Uses of French Language in Medieval English Towns - Richard H Britnell
The French of England in Female Convents: The French Kitcheners' Accounts of Campsey Ash Priory - Marilyn Oliva
The French of England: A Maritime lingua franca? - Maryanne Kowaleski
John Barton, John Gower and Others: Variation in Late Anglo-French - Brian Merrilees and Heather Pagan
John Gower's French and his Readers - Robert F. Yeager
"Stuffed Latin": Vernacular Evidence in Latin Documents - D A Trotter
From Old English to Old French - Elizabeth M. Tyler
Translating the 'English' Past: Cultural Identity in the Estoire des Engleis - Henry Bainton
The Languages of England: Multilingualism in the Work of Wace - Francoise H M Le Saux
An Illustrious Vernacular: The Psalter en romanz in Twelfth-Century England - Geoff Rector
Serpent's Head/Jew's Hand: Le Jeu d'Adam and Christian-Jewish Debate in Norman England - Ruth Nisse
Salerno on The Thames: The Genesis of Anglo-Norman Medical Literature - Monica Green
'Cest livre liseez...chescun jour': Women and Reading c.1230-c.1430 - Jocelyn Wogan-Browne
French Devotional Texts in Thirteenth-Century Preachers' Anthologies - Helen Deeming
Augustinian Canons and their Insular French Books in Medieval England: Towards An Assessment - Jean-Pascal Pouzet
Eschuer peché, embracer bountee: Social Thought and Pastoral Instruction in Nicole Bozon - Laurie Postlewate
The Cultural Context of the French Prose remaniement of the Life of Edward the Confessor by a Nun of Barking Abbey - Alain Ricard
The Vitality of Anglo-Norman in Late-Medieval England: The Case of the Prose Brut Chronicle - Julia Marvin
France in England: Anglo-French Culture in the Reign of Edward III - Michael J Bennett
Lollardy: The Anglo-Norman Heresy? - Nicholas Watson
The Languages of Memory: The Crabhouse Nunnery Manuscript - Rebecca June
French, English and the Late-Medieval Linguistic Repertoire - T W Machan
Aristotle, Translation and the Mean: Shaping the Vernacular in Late Medieval Anglo-French Culture - Carolyn P Collette
Writing English in a French Penumbra: The Middle English 'Tree of Love' in MS Longleat 253 - Julia Boffey
The French of English Letters: Two Trilingual Verse Epistles in Context - Ad Putter
The Reception of Froissart's Writings in England: The Evidence of the Manuscripts - G Croenen
'Me fault faire': French Makers of Manuscripts for English Patrons - Martha W. Driver
The French Self-Presentation of an English Mastiff: John Talbot's Book of Chivalry - Andrew Taylor
A 'Frenche booke called the Pistill of Othea': Christine de Pizan's French in England - Stephanie Downes
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Reviews

(T)his volume is a major contribution both to the study of French (continental as well as insular) and English language and culture in the Middle Ages. ANGLIA
(A) volume notable for its singleness of purpose. (It) it a volume whose publication should have long-term influence on those who study medieval culture, as well as those who are interested specifically in the field of Anglo-Norman language and literature. JOURNAL OF ENGLISH & GERMANIC PHILOLOGY
The great majority of the essays assembled prove rich and provocative reads. (...) This is a groundbreaking and important collection and will be regarded as essential reading in years to come. SPECULUM
The high quality of the contributions is matched by the presentation of the volume, which includes a comprehensive fifty-page bibliography and a series of indexes which cover all the contributions. This exemplary treatment further secures the volume's position as a resource which will be of great interest and use to scholars approaching the French of England from a broad range of perspectives. MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW