Master Wace, His Chronicle of the Norman Conquest from the Roman de Rou

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Master Wace, His Chronicle of the Norman Conquest from the Roman de Rou

Master Wace, His Chronicle of the Norman Conquest from the Roman de Rou

  • Title: Master Wace, His Chronicle of the Norman Conquest from the Roman de Rou
  • Author: Wace
  • ISBN: 9781230346519
  • Page: 295
  • Format: Paperback



This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book without typos from the publisher Not indexed Not illustrated 1837 edition Excerpt BOTH HOSTS PASSED THE NIGHT AND MADE READY FOR BATTLE AND HOW THE DUKE EXHORTED HIS MEN The duke and his men tried no further negotiation, but retuThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book without typos from the publisher Not indexed Not illustrated 1837 edition Excerpt BOTH HOSTS PASSED THE NIGHT AND MADE READY FOR BATTLE AND HOW THE DUKE EXHORTED HIS MEN The duke and his men tried no further negotiation, but returned to their tents, sure of fighting on the morrow Then men were to be seen on every side straightening lances, fitting hauberks and helmets making ready the saddles and stirrups filling the quivers, stringing the bows, and making all ready for the battle I have heard tell that the night before the day of battle, the English were very merry, laughing much and enjoying themselves All night they ate and drank, and never lay down on their beds They might be seen carousing, gambolling and dancing, and singing Bublie they cried, and Weissel, and Laticome and Dkincheheil, Drinc hindre WART and DRINTOME, DRINC H ELF, and DRINC Tome1 Thus they bemeaned themselves but the Normans and French betook themselves all night to their orisons, and were in very serious mood They made confession of their sins, and accused 1 We make no attempt to translate Wace s Saxon for which a previous examination of his original MS not now in existence, would certainly be a necessary preliminary The existing copies are obviously the work of French transcribers, wholly ignorant, no doubt, of the Saxon The MS of Duchesne is said to read, for the two first words, bufler and welseil Three of the words sound at least like wassail, drink to me, and drink health or half In the appendix to M Raynouard s observations on Wace, some suggestions are given from high English authority but they throw very little light upon the matter See Jeffrey of Monmouth s story of Vortigern and Rowena Robert de Brunne, in translating the passage, makes Rowena give this explanation of the Saxon custom This is ther.


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