APPENDIX

THE PROSE PROLOGUE TO THE LONG VERSION OF
THE ANGLO-NORMAN PROSE BRUT CHRONICLE
from Oxford, Bodleian Library, Ashmole 1804 (M), collated with
London, British Library, Cotton Cleopatra D 3 (C)

This edition aspires to minimal intervention, and this translation to fidelity before elegance. Diacritical marks have not been added, and i and j and u and v have not been altered to conform to modern conventions. Abbreviations have been silently expanded, and modern punctuation, capitalization, word-division and paragraphing have been introduced.


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Ci poet homme oir coment Engleterre fust primes nommee Albyoun,
et per qi receust cel noun.
1

En 2 la noble terre de Sirrie ert vn noble roi poestifs de tresgrant renoun qe out a noun Diodicias, qe si noblement et si bien se contint par sa haute chiualerie qil conquist totes les terres entour luy, issint qe totes les rois pur poy del mounde furent a luy entendantz. Auint issint qe cesty Diodicias esposa vne gentil damoisele, la fille de son vncle, qe out noun 3 Labana, et luy ama tant come resoun 4 le voleit. Si engendra de luy trent et treis filles, dont la einesce ert nomee Albyne.

Et celles damoiseles quant vindrent a age deuindrent si beals qe a merueille. Parqi le roy Diodicias lour piere fist vn somouns par ses briefs a tuz les rois qe tindrent de luy qils venissent a vn certein iour en son brief contenuz a vne roiale feste, a quel iour touz y vindrent et mesnerent od eux admirals, princes, et ducs et noble chiualerie. La feste fust noblement arraiee, et demesnerent illoeqes si grant ioie qe a merueille.

Auint issi qe le roy Diodicias pensa de marier ses trent et treis filles entre ces rois qe la furent a cel solempnitee, et issint espleita la busoigne qe Albyne sa fille einesce et totes ses soers furent mult hautement mariez a

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1
Ci . . . noun] Coment Engleterre fust nosmee Albion et par quele noun C
2
Red, blue, and gold 6-line floriated initial E M; blue, red, and gold 11-line floriated initial C
3
noun] a noun C
4
resoun] om.C

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