Anglo-Norman Dictionary

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Anglo-Norman Dictionary

 

<p> <strong>Introduction</strong><br /> </p><p> <a href="http://www.anglo-norman.net/">Click here for the Anglo-Norman On-Line Hub</a> </p><p> Anglo-Norman or, more accurately, Anglo-French, is the form of French used in Britain between 1066 and the middle of the fifteenth century. The term ‘Anglo-Norman’ harks back to the time when the language was regarded as being the regional dialect of the Norman invaders who came across the Channel with William the Conqueror. Yet when account is taken of the heterogeneous composition of William’s army, which included many men from different regions of France, together with the fact that over the following three centuries the language must have been used in Britain by all manner of people from dissimilar ethnic backgrounds and whose linguistic competence, to judge by the writings which have survived, may be readily seen to have varied from a native mastery of French down to an elementary acquaintance with it, the generic term ‘Anglo-French’, the French of England, perhaps reflects the reality of the situation better than the more restrictive ‘Anglo-Norman’.

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