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An Anglo-Norman Reader

Jane Bliss


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1Thanks are due to the following colleagues and friends:

2Matthew Albanese, Laura Ashe, Katie Attwood, Ian Bass, Catherine Batt, Bill and Pauline Black, Marina Bowder, Glyn Burgess, Daron Burrows, Emma Cavell, Danny Chapman, Victoria Condie, Graham Edwards, Sarah Foot, Linda Gowans, Douglas Gray†, Huw Grange, Miranda Griffin, Richard Howard, David Howlett, Eliza Hoyer-Millar, Tony Hunt, Paul Hyams, Andy King, Carolyne Larrington, Jude Mackley, Quentin Miller, Ben Parsons, Stephen Pink, Jackie and Ed Pritchard, Gillian Rogers, Royston Raymond, Samantha Rayner, Kate Russell, Lynda Sayce, Ian Short, Ilona Soane-Sands, Eric Stanley, Justin Stover, Richard Trachsler, Judith Weiss. I am very grateful to the many anonymous readers of my book, who have submitted helpful and enthusiastic reports, and to the editors at Open Book.

3In addition, my thanks are due yet again to Henrietta Leyser, who has always been so generous with ideas and advice for me; and to the librarians who have helped me to track untrackable material. Further, I am proud to honour the memory of another two remarkable women: Dominica Legge, and my old friend and colleague Elfrieda Dubois. Elfrieda often told me how she used to meet Legge in the Bibliothèque Nationale, who would hale her offfor cups of coffee and amuse her endlessly with talk about Anglo-Norman ‘because’, said Elfrieda, ‘nobody else would listen!’ Lastly, I cannot sufficiently express my gratitude to Quentin for help and love and everything. This book is dedicated to them, and to the Oxford Anglo-Norman Reading Group.

Copyright Acknowledgements

4I wish to thank the following people and publishers who have granted me permission to use their work. This book contains a large number of different texts, therefore my list must be set out as economically as possible. All the passages reproduced in this book are listed in my Bibliography in addition to being cited in footnotes, so it can easily be seen which passage is taken from which published work. Each publisher (or editor, in the case of previously-unpublished texts) is stated clearly in the principal citation of each text, normally in the introduction to it.

5I am also very grateful to colleagues, and relevant institutions, for help and advice in my efforts to trace copyright-holders.

  • 1 Several of these are available to search (page by page) on the Anglo-Norman Hub.

6First, I thank the Anglo-Norman Text Society for their generous permission to use more than a dozen extracts, of varying length; each is identified in its place, as stated above.1 I thank the British Library for permission to transcribe and use three pages, kindly provided by them, from three different manuscripts: the first introduces my second Part (An Anglo-Norman Miscellany), the second passage is appended to A Medical Compendium, and the third is appended to the Credo and Pater Noster.

7Next, in alphabetical order, I would like to thank the following:

Alderney Bayeux Tapestry Finale
Emma Cavell, for the first of Maud Mortimer’ s Letters
Honoré Champion (Paris), for an extract from Le Roman des Franceis
Tony Hunt, for two substantial texts: the Credo and Pater Noster, and the
Sins attributed to Robert Grosseteste
Livre de Poche (Paris), for an extract from Le Roman de Thèbes
PMLA, for permission to use the Apprise de Nurture, reprinted by permission
of the Modern Language Association of America from Anglo-Norman Books
of Courtesy and Nurture, PMLA 44 (1929), pp. 432–7
Royston Raymond, for the story printed in my Appendix
Selden Society, for permission to use part of the legal text Placita Corone
William Allen, for permission to use an extract from the Roman de Fergus


1 Several of these are available to search (page by page) on the Anglo-Norman Hub.


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