Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Anglo-Norman Anniversary Essays

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Anglo-Norman Anniversary Essays

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Anglo-Norman Anniversary Essays, ed. Ian Short, Anglo-Norman Text Society, Occasional Publications Series 2 (London: ANTS, 1993)· xii + 420 pp. ISBN 0-905474-25-2. £15.00. Nine of the twenty-two essays in this collection are editions of largely unpublished material. A. Bell contributes a Description of England, P. Damian-Grint a Brut fragment, L. Formisano three lyric poems, H. Fukui parts of a manuel de langage, R. ?. Harvey a treatise on estate management, T. Hunt a large number of medical receipts, A. de Mandach the Creation of Herman de Valenciennes, B. Merrilees a grammar-teaching text, and Y. Otaka a new edition of the Lets Willelme. L. Johnson provides the background to Bell's text, supplying a wealth of information about contemporary chorography. Five further are concerned with aspects of literary production: E. Baumgartner discusses the rhetorical device of choosing well-known names to lend authority to a text; J. Blacker speculates on Wace's real reasons for omitting the prophecies of Merlin from his Brut·, W. MacBain offers a feminist view of women hagiographers' presentation of themselves and their work; H. Shields considers the possibility of attributing two new texts to Philippe de Thaon; and J. C. Thiolier describes the circumstances of production of the last part of Langtoft's Chronicle. …

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