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The book focuses on specific seminal moments in Irish history occurring in 1152-1172: the "flight" of Dervorgilla (wife of Tieman O'Rourke) with Diarmuid, Diarmuid's banishment, his invitation to the Anglo-Normans, and King Henry II's presence in Ireland.
Julia Marvin argues that "genealogy as such rare appears as an overt concern of the Anglo-Norman prose Brut.
Rare or Unexplained Words in the Anglo-Norman 'Voyage of st Brendan': A Contribution to French Lexicography.
Of these two early Anglo-Norman Psalters, the translation found in the Eadwine Psalter (Cambridge, Trinity College, MS R.
These manuscripts contain what we can now consider to represent the London contemporary literary canon, whose fundamental text seems to have been The Mirror, a Middle English prose translation of Robert of Gretham's Anglo-Norman poetic sermon-cycle known as Mirur.
On both the secular and the ecclesiastical level, Anglo-Norman England was marked by a struggle between an institutional hierarchy and a subject population that was struggling for independence and self-determination, a struggle inscribed in secular and ecclesiastical writings alike.
And Robert the Bruce, the man Wallace was so desperate to see on the throne of Scotland, was in fact an Englishman of Anglo-Norman stock.
Wace was the master-poet of Anglo-Norman history and the only literary representative of the century's cross-Channel culture.
They hold transcripts of charters, patent rolls, escheats, wills, petitions and other family, legal and land records, written in Anglo-Norman French, Latin and old English.
the collective descendants of the Anglo-Norman invaders who partially conquered Ireland in the twelfth century and who primarily, but not exclusively, inhabited the English-dominated area surrounding Dublin, known then as "the English Pale").
Nationhood also implies a history, and this is investigated with reference to a range of chronicles, both Middle English texts by Robert Mannyng and Robert of Gloucester and also some Anglo-Norman chronicles.
The British elements suggest that the Anglo-Norman patrons of these romances felt a real interest in the traditions of their adopted country.