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Copyright

Jane Bliss

Published On

2018-02-08

ISBN

Paperback978-1-78374-313-1
Hardback978-1-78374-314-8
PDF978-1-78374-315-5
HTML978-1-80064-529-5
XML978-1-78374-612-5
EPUB978-1-78374-316-2
MOBI978-1-78374-317-9

Language

  • English

Print Length

414 pages (x + 404)

Dimensions

Paperback156 x 22 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.85" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 24 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.94" x 9.21")

Weight

Paperback1282g (45.22oz)
Hardback1672g (58.98oz)

OCLC Number

1166143287

LCCN

2019452729

BIC

  • DQ
  • CFP
  • DSBB

BISAC

  • LCO008000
  • LCO017000
  • LIT018000
  • LIT025040

LCC

  • PR281

Keywords

  • anthology
  • Anglo-Norman literature
  • English translation
  • medieval culture
  • History
  • short stories
  • grammar and glosses
  • letters
  • hagiography
  • homiletic
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An Anglo-Norman Reader

  • Jane Bliss (author)
This book is an anthology with a difference. It presents a distinctive variety of Anglo-Norman works, beginning in the twelfth century and ending in the nineteenth, covering a broad range of genres and writers, introduced in a lively and thought-provoking way. Facing-page translations, into accessible and engaging modern English, are provided throughout, bringing these texts to life for a contemporary audience.

The collection offers a selection of fascinating passages, and whole texts, many of which are not anthologised or translated anywhere else. It explores little-known byways of Arthurian legend and stories of real-life crime and punishment; women’s voices tell history, write letters, berate pagans; advice is offered on how to win friends and influence people, how to cure people’s ailments and how to keep clear of the law; and stories from the Bible are retold with commentary, together with guidance on prayer and confession.

Each text is introduced and elucidated with notes and full references, and the material is divided into three main sections based on Dean’s Catalogue: Story (a variety of narrative forms), Miscellany (including letters, law and medicine, and other non-fiction), and Religious (saints' lives, sermons, Bible commentary, and prayers). Passages in one genre have been chosen so as to reflect themes or stories that appear in another, so that the book can be enjoyed as a collection or used as a resource to dip into for selected texts.

This anthology is essential reading for students and scholars of Anglo-Norman and medieval literature and culture. Wide-ranging and fully referenced, it can be used as a springboard for further study or relished in its own right by readers interested to discover Anglo-Norman literature that was written to amuse, instruct, entertain, or admonish medieval audiences.

Reviews

The volume as a whole provides a useful taste of Anglo-Norman from a wide variety of domains and genres [...] its engaging arrangement and prominent editorial presence, coupled with its availability as a free download as a PDF from the Open Book website, render it an inviting point of entry for those exploring Anglo-Norman for the first time.

Edward Mills

"An Anglo-Norman Reader. By JANE BLISS". French Studies (0016-1128), vol. 73, no. 2, 2019. doi:10.1093/fs/knz056

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements & Notes

Copyright Acknowledgements

Note for Ebook Editions

Abbreviations

Bible Books

Introduction

Selection of Texts

Principal Themes and Topics

Treatment of Texts

Story

History

Wace’s Roman de Rou

Description of England

The French Chronicle of London

Des Grantz Geanz

Romance

Roman de Thèbes (Amphiarax)

Protheselaus

Le Roman deFergus

Le Roman du reisYder

The Anglo-Norman Folie Tristan

Short Stories

TristanRossignol

Two Fabliaux

LeRoi d’Angleterre et le Jongleur d’Ely

An Anglo-Norman Miscellany

Satirical, Social, and Moral

Le Roman des Franceis, by André de Coutances

L’Apprise de Nurture

Grammar and Glosses

LaManiere de Langage

Letters

Maud Mortimer’s letters to the King

Christine de Pisan’s letter to Isabelle of Bavaria

Doctors, Lawyers, and Writers

A MedicalCompendium

Legal Texts

‘En autre ovre’ (Prologues)

Religious Writings

Biblical and Apocryphal

Proverbes de Salemon (chapter 7)

TheCreation, by Herman de Valenciennes

Hagiography

La Vie d’Edouard le Confesseur, by a Nun of Barking

La Vie SeinteAudree, by Marie

The Life of St. Catherine, by Clemence

Homiletic

Maurice de Sully: Credo and Pater Noster

Sermon onJoshua

Rossignos

Eight Deadly Sins, attributed to Robert Grosseteste

Nicole Bozon, from Contes Moralisés, 128: Bad Company

Appendix

‘Et pis y avait quat’e: enne histouaire de ma graond’mé’, an adventure story

Bibliography

Primary Texts

Secondary Texts

Indexes

Manuscripts

Bible References

General Index