||England was more widely and enduringly francophone in the Middle Ages than many standard accounts allow. French in England, whether known as ‘Anglo-Norman’ or ‘Anglo-French,’ is deeply interwoven in its continuing development 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 yet been given. The essays in this volume begin a new cultural history focused around, but not confined to, the presence and interactions of French speakers, writers, readers, texts and documents in England from the late eleventh to the 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 England in all its complexity, and opening up fresh agendas for study and exploration.
Contributors: H. Bainton, M. J. Bennett, J. Boffey, R. M. Britnell, C. Collette, G. Croenen, H. Deeming, S. Downes, M. Driver, M. H. Green, R. Ingham, R. June, M. Kowaleski, P. Kunstmann, F. H. M. Le Saux, S. Lusignan, T. W. Machan, J. Marvin, B. Merrilees, R. Nisse, M. Oliva, W. M. Ormrod, H. Pagan, L. Postlewate, J.-P. Pouzet, A. Putter, G. Rector, D. W. Russell, T.Summerfield, A. Taylor, D. A. Trotter, E. M. Tyler, N. Watson, J. Wogan-Browne, R. F. Yeager.
20 b/w, 1 line illus.; 560pp, 23.4 x 15.6cm, 978 1 90315 327 7, October 2009, £50.00/$95.00
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