Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Pierre d'Aubernon of Fetcham: La Lumen as Lais, Vol. III: / Introduction, Notes and Glossary

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Pierre d'Aubernon of Fetcham: La Lumen as Lais, Vol. III: / Introduction, Notes and Glossary

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Glossary, ed. Glynn Hesketh, Anglo-Norman Text Society 58 (London: Anglo-Norman Text Society, 2000). x + 218 pp. ISBN 0-905474-39-2. L30.00.

This third and final volume now enables the whole text of the Lumere to be viewed in perspective. The introduction naturally has to contain the inescapable obeisance to the venerable deities Phonology and Morphology, with the expected scant increase in knowledge, but the editor's comments, both here and in the notes, on the author, his background, sources, and the intellectual climate in which he wrote are of prime importance and are intimately bound up with the lexis of the work and its semantic content, which constitute the substance of the language, as opposed to its mere outer shell. Regrettably, no more than one single page is given over to these fundamental linguistic aspects of the Lumere in the edition itself, but the reader is referred to a substantial article published by the editor elsewhere in which he deals with both its lexis and semantics at some length. This article is vastly more important than the humdrum obligatory plodding through the traditional 'language' of the text, because the author's often new vocabulary and his frequent semantic extensions of existing terminology show that the Lumere is in an intellectual category poles removed from the 'entertainment' which is supposed to characterize Anglo-Norman as distinct from the serious Anglo-Latin of the thirteenth century. …

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