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In the reign of Stephen there arose a new class of trou- vhresj who took their subjects from national history. Jordan Fantosme wrote a history of one of Henry the Second's wars, in which he had himself been present. Wace and Benoit have more spirit than the monkish writers of legends and miracles ; but, with the exception of a few passages here and there, their poems are very flat and dull. A new era of Anglo-Norman literature opens with the reign of Richard L The lion-hearted King prided himself INTRODUCTION. It appears also that Mabillon had in his possession a perfect copy of this work. Le Prerost's note ; and Onillaame de Jnmiigef, lib. And in Danish-law and Westsazon-law he shall not give his lord his warrant before the claimant be put in pledge ; and in Danish-law they will put the property in the hand of a neutral until he be cleared, and if he can prove that it be of his breediag by three parts of his ' visnet/ he shall be acquitted. The only known English writers of Anglo-Norman prose are Walter Mapes, Robert de Borron^ and Luces de Gktst^ the authors of some of the most popular romances of the cycle of the Round Table. 305 of the present volume ; it will be seen that the language had changed considerably from that of the earlier translations of the Psalms and books of Kings^ but the variety of manuscripts of the work from which it is taken renders it impossible to say which of them represents most faithfully the language in which Mapes wrote. Wace again translated Geoffrey of Monmouth, and wrote a metri- cal history of Normandy. Maure wrote a much more diffuse, but less poetical, history of the Norman dukes. These are the only Anglo- Norman poets whom we know to have flourished during the reign of Henry II. It appears by comparison with this that the printed work is an abridged copy of Lanfranc, which accounts for the omission of the passages quoted by Sigebert.
It has neverthe- less continued, in a second volume of sixty folio plates, the publication of hieroglyphics, begim by the Egyptian Society, under the editorship of the late learned Dr. IPre0ilient0 of ttte Slopal Skot Utp of Uttftature* THE RIGHT REVEREND THOMAS BURGESS, D. BISHOP OF SALISBURY, First President, THE RIGHT HONOURABLE LORD DOVER, Elected 1832. COUNCIL OF THB ROYAL SOCIETY OP LITERATURE FOR THE YEAR 1845—6. Several of the writers of metrical legends allude to their own pro- fane poems, which have since perished, because at this pe- riod the clergy alone committed their works to writing. The styl^ in which this poem ifi written is yery pia, avibiia oapibusque Toranda Deaerit Anglorum corpora strata solo. Public domain books are our gateways to the past, representing a wealth of history, culture and knowledge that's often difficult to discover. The proverbs of Alfred, in semi-Saxon verse, still preserved, existed in the time of Ailred of Rievaux, who mentions them.* A Beatiaryj written in much the same style and language, • Am tl« Blof . Lanfranc stands justly at the head of the Anglo- Nonnan period of our literary history, not only for the high position which he held in the state under William the Conqueror, but because he may be considered the father of Latin literature in England during the ages which followed.* He was a native of Lombardy, his parents being of senatorial rank in the city of Pavia^f and was bom about the year 10054 Although from his child- hood Lanfranc was destined to the bar, his thirst for learning was displayed at an early age, and, after exhaust- ing the means of instruction in his native city, he left it to visit the more famous universities of Italy. Marks, notations and other maiginalia present in the original volume will appear in this file - a reminder of this book's long journey from the publisher to a library and finally to you. Having made himself master of all the sciences then taught,§ he returned ta Pavia, and practised as a pleader in the * There U a life of Ltnfiranc» said to be written by his disciple Milo Crispin, cantor of Bee, shortly after his death, and printed in the edition of his collected works. Google Book Search helps readers discover the world's books while helping authors and publishers reach new audiences. The pub- lication of inedited remains of ancient literature, and of such works as may be of great intrinsic value, but not of that popular character which readily commands the attention of publishers. In furtherance of the first portion of this plan, the Council of the Society has already published six parts, making three volumes in quarto, of its Transactions, and a fourth volume in octavo, the first of a new series, comprising researches into the origin of diflferent languages, elucidations of ancient monuments, as medals, vases, and statues, disquisitions on points of ancient geography, classical history, and archaeology in general, — speculations on the hieroglyphical language of Egypt, the chronology of its several royal d3aias- ties, and the age of its most celebrated monu- ments, — the illustration of Greek and Latin inscrip- tions, with other subjects relating to the history and developement of the human intellect. You can search through the full text of this book on the web at | //books .google .com/I /7. A fifth volume is in the press, and nearly ready for pub- lication.