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K. Busby
French in Medieval Ireland, Ireland in Medieval French
The Paradox of Two Worlds

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X+516 p., 20 b/w ill., 156 x 234 mm, 2017
ISBN: 978-2-503-57021-1
Languages: English
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A major study of interest to historians of medieval Ireland and specialists in medieval French.

This book is a ground-breaking study of the cultural and linguistic consequences of the English invasion of Ireland in 1169, and examines the ways in which the country is portrayed in French literature of the twelfth, thirteenth, and fourteenth centuries. Works such as La geste des Engleis en Yrlande and The Walling of New Ross, written in French in a multilingual Ireland, are studied in their literary and historical contexts, and the works of the Dominican friar Jofroi de Waterford (c. 1300) are shown to have been written in Ireland, rather than Paris, as has always been assumed.

After exploring how the dissemination and translation of early Latin texts of Irish origin concerning Ireland led to the country acquiring a reputation as a land of marvels, this study argues that increasing knowledge of the real Ireland did little to stymie the mirabilia hibernica in French vernacular literature. On the contrary, the image persisted to the extent of retrospectively associating central motifs and figures of Arthurian romance with Ireland. This book incorporates the results of original archival research and is characterized by close attention to linguistic details of expression and communication, as well as historical, codicological, and literary contexts.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1. In confusionem linguarum: Ground Zero

Chapter 2.Verba volant, scripta manent: The Texts

Chapter 3.Mirabilia hibernica: The Wondrous Isle

Chapter 4. Historia et fabula: The Two Irelands

Chapter 5.Familia hibernica: The Importance of Being Irish

Conclusion

Review

“This is a most interesting book. Although its subject matter has been dealt with many times before, the exceptional quality of Keith Busby's approach is that both of these themes studied from different angles have been reassembled with an enormous amount of information. The work appears more like an encyclopaedia which will certainly be useful for decades.” (Brendan Smith, in Sehepunkte, 18, 2018)

“Busby fills this lacuna with an exhaustive study.” (Simon Gaunt, in French Studies, 2018)

“This is a wonderful book. Rooted in imaginative engagement with a remarkably wide range of medieval sources, and informed by critical reading of the latest scholarship, the author presents an original and challenging account of a crucial but neglected aspect of the Irish historical experience.” (Brendan Smith, in Peritia, 2018)

Interest Classification:
Medieval & Modern (Indo-European) Languages & Literatures
Romance languages
History of the French language
Romance literatures
Old & Middle French literature
Other Indo-European langs & lits
Celtic languages & literatures
Comparative & cultural studies through literature
Translation & vernacularity
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : local & regional history
British Isles
France

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