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Norman

I just found out there's a regional language, Norman. Spoken in Normandy. I came across it reading about Arthurian legends. The novel "Roman de Brut" is supposed to be the first story about Arthur, written in 1150-1155.

If there's anyone here who knows about Roman, I'd be interested, just out of curiosity.

My interest in Arthurian legends started when I read "Le Mort d'Arthur". As the book written arround 1575 is in English/Dutch/French, it's easier to read if you know all three languages. For that reason, I like the book.

October 28, 2017

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I think it’s still spoken in the Channel Islands of the UK, where because of isolation from the mainland it retains its similarity to the old Anglo-Norman dialect.

October 28, 2017

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Way cool

October 29, 2017

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This is very interesting. Thanks for posting it.

Is the Mort d'Arthur book you mention the one by Sir Thomas Mallory?

(I wrote you a long post w/ web pages listed about the "Roman de Brut" and the Norman language but accidentally wiped it out. :( The web pages, which were from Wikipedia, archive.org and YouTube, may not have been what you were asking about, but I could list them for you again if you are interested.)

October 29, 2017

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Yes, the book by Mallory. It intrigues me because it mixes medieval English, French and Dutch, and it gives an account of sorts of the struggle of Celts, Saxons and Normands in the first centuries AC. After I read it the first time, I bought "Le Chevalier de la Charrette" by Chretien de Troyes. Which of course proved rather difficult to read for an amateur. I'd be interested if you can recover your long post :-)

I have ordered "Roman de Brut" from Amazon. It's a facsimile print, comparable I guess to the one I have of the book of Mallory. Btw, Mallory is referenced a few times by TH White in "The Once and Future King", which is how I found it.

October 29, 2017
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