Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Medieval Multilingualism: The Francophone World and Its Neighbours

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Medieval Multilingualism: The Francophone World and Its Neighbours

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Medieval Multilingualism: The Francophone World and its Neighbours, ed. Christopher Kleinhenz and Keith Busby, Medieval Texts and Cultures of Northern Europe 20 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2oio).viii + 323pp. ISBN 978-2-503-52837-3. euro70.00. As the introduction by Ad Putter and Keith Busby states, the fifteen essays in this volume examine the status and uses of the French language in its various dialectical forms in the geographical areas 63 which it had spread as the result of 'military and cultural colonization' (p. 7). The greatest attention is to the circulation and adaptation of French literary texts in Italy, as well as the interaction of French with other languages in post-Conquest England and Wales; but individual essays also treat attitudes towards French literature in the Low Countries, the coexistence of French and Occitan in late medieval Auvergne, the various languages used for legal purposes in the states of Savoy, and the mix of genres, languages, and registers in the famous Fauvel manuscript BnF fr. …

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