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By A. G. Rigg

A entire heritage of medieval Anglo-Latin writings (which characterize an staggering 9 tenths of English literary tradition within the period). The prior century because the final significant paintings in this topic has noticeable the invention and modifying of many very important texts. A. G. Rigg's new authoritative reference paintings underlines how the view of England's literary background within the heart a while as a decline from Anglo-Saxon tradition (recuperated in basic terms within the fourteenth century within the paintings of writers equivalent to Chaucer) ignores the flourishing culture of Latin literature written among England's enforced access into the ecu mainstream and the increase of the vernacular and of humanism. It unearths a really wealthy corpus of writings, comprising epic, lyric, comedy, satire, prose anecdotes, romance, saints' lives and devotional texts. This chronological background supplies quotations within the unique Latin with English translations in verse or prose; Anglo-Latin metres are defined and exemplified in an appendix.

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Quantaslibet ergo virtutes Malcho personaliter ascripserimus, non a vero deviavimus. At in reliquis, multa nos, ut suum est versificantium, confinxisse non negamus. Further, the author begs and earnestly beseeches the reader not to search in each verse or word for the truth of history. In the author's opinion, it matters little or nothing whether he shows what he intends to show by means of the truth or the probable. 25 WILLIAM I TO STEPHEN (1066-II54) Nevertheless, if the reader is still obdurate my reply is as follows.

In the epitaph of William the Conqueror there is a hint of the lawlessness that followed in William Rufus' reign Justitiae facies erepto judice marcet, Fracta gemit virtus, pax fugitiva latet (HP 5, 9-10) The judge is snatched away: the face ofJustice pales, Sad Virtue groans, and Peace in exile lurks. There is pathos in the one on Wulnoth, a son of Godwin, who was a hostage through most of his life but seems to have died soon after his release in 1087: Exilium, career, tenebrae, clausura, catenae, Accipiunt puerum destituuntque senem (HP 12, 5—6) A life of exile, prison, darkness, bars and chains Detained you as a boy, release you old.

On Edward's death, Harold (despite his apparent earlier promise to accept William of Normandy as king) took the throne; Tostig joined Harold Hardrather in an invasion of the North, and was killed by Harold at Stamford Bridge. Finally, William invaded England and killed Harold at the Battle of Hastings. 18 It is a prosimetrum,19 in which the verses are in elegiac couplets with fairly regular monosyllabic Leonine rhyme. Although there are no divisions in the manuscript, it can most conveniently be divided (as Barlow has done) into two books.

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