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Language and Culture in Medieval Britain: The French of England, c.1100-c.1500

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Overview

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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(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. SPECULUMThe 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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781903153277
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/15/2009
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.80 (d)

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