A Literary History of the English People
LITERATURE IN THE FRENCH LANGUAGE UNDER THE NORMAN AND ANGEVIN KINGS.
I. Diffusion of the French Language.--The French language superimposed on the English one--Its progress; even among "lowe men"--Authors of English blood write their works in French 116
II. The French Literature of the Normans and Angevins.--It is animated by their own practical and adventurous mind--Practical works: chronicles, scientific and pious treatises 120
III. Epic Romances.--The Song of Roland and the Charlemagne cycle--Comparison with "Beowulf"--The matter of Rome--How antiquity is translated--Wonders--The matter of Britai