The Chronicle of Pierre de Langtoft: In French Verse from the Earliest Period to the Death of King Edward I - Vol. 1

The Chronicle of Pierre de Langtoft: In French Verse from the Earliest Period to the Death of King Edward I - Vol. 1

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The Chronicle of Pierre de Langtoft: In French Verse from the Earliest Period to the Death of King Edward I - Vol. 1

The Chronicle of Pierre de Langtoft: In French Verse from the Earliest Period to the Death of King Edward I - Vol. 1

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The name of Pierre de Langtoft presents an example of the extreme looseness and inaccuracy of our old historical bibliographers. Our two early labourers in this field, Leland and Pitseus, have, by the easy mis-reading of an f for an s in a manuscript, transformed his name into Longatosta, which, however, is hardly excusable in men who ought to have been acquainted with the forms of English words. Pitseus says that he was considered by some to be a Frenchman, though he was himself of opinion that he was an Englishman.

Anybody tolerably acquainted with the French of Langtoft's age would be convinced, by a very little reading of his chronicle, that it had not been written by a Frenchman, and it is too thoroughly Anglicised in character to admit much doubt of the country to which its writer belonged. Pitseus goes on to inform us that Pierre de Langtoft had gained fame by his piety and learning,1 a statement for which there does not appear to be the slightest authority, any more than for the same bibliographer's further assertion that "be studied some "time in France, and that he was perfect in the correct "knowledge of the French language."2Pierre de Langtoft's French is certainly not correct, and it furnishes tolerably substantial evidence that he did not learn it in France. Pitseus goes on to say that Pierre was the . . .

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