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Estoire des Engleis: History of the English by Geffrei Gaimar,Ian Short

By Geffrei Gaimar,Ian Short

Geffrei Gaimar's Estoire des Engleis is the oldest surviving instance of historiography within the French vernacular. It used to be written in Lincolnshire c.1136-37 and is, largely, an Anglo-Norman verse variation of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. Its narrative covers the interval from the 6th century till the demise of the Conqueror's son William Rufus in 1100.

This is a vital textual content in historiographic phrases, much less as an old resource than as an early instance of informative literature written in a mundane point of view for a predominantly baronial viewers. It illustrates the multilingualism and multiculturalism of twelfth-century Anglo-Norman Britain, and exhibits the descendants of the Norman conquerors trying to combine themselves culturally into their adoptive place of origin throughout the 1130s. It additionally ranks one of the earliest extant witnesses of the increase of courtly literature in French, and of named girl literary patronage.

This version bargains a serious textual content of 1 of the chronicle's 4 extant manuscripts. there's an creation putting the poem in its social and literary contexts, by way of the medieval textual content, edited in accordance with severe interventionist ideas and comprising 6532 rhyming octosyllables. A dealing with smooth English prose translation, the 1st challenge of that's accuracy, goals additionally to exhibit the tone and elegance of the unique instead of supply a strictly literal rendering of it. The wide explanatory notes to the textual content are through a bibliography and an entire index of position and private names.

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