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First systematic study of the teaching aid which constituted the set-texts of Latin instruction in 13c England.`The rich cultural insights afforded by the study of medieval Latin are only beginning to be appreciated. In this difficult study of the text-books through which Latin was learned, together with the Latin, Anglo-Norman and English glosses to be found in their manuscript versions, Tony Hunt makes a pioneering attempt to understand its relationship to the vernaculars spoken in England.' TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
Here at last is the first systematic study of the teaching and learning of Latin in thirteenth century England based on evidence from nearly 200 manuscripts where the text has been glossed in the vernacular. These glosses provide the key to discovering the linguistic competence and interest of students at an elementary level: men and women who needed a working knowledge of Latin for practical purposes. The received view that Latin was the exclusive language of the schoolroom is shown to be mistaken and the exhaustive recording of the vernacular glosses provides a hitherto untapped source of lexical materials in French and Middle English. Teaching and Learning Latin is destined to become an essential source-book for medievalists interested in language, literacy and culture.
TONY HUNT is a Fellow of St Peter's College, Oxford.
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Its erudition is extraordinary, its significance hard to exaggerate. NOTES AND QUERIES (A.J. Minnis, 12/93)...a mine of information about medieval vernacular glossing.. MANUSCRIPTA 36/3 (1992)