Vernacular literary consciousness c . 1100– c . 1500: French, German and English evidence

@inproceedings{Brownlee2005VernacularLC,
  title={Vernacular literary consciousness c . 1100– c . 1500: French, German and English evidence},
  author={K. Brownlee and T. Hunt and Ian R. Johnson and N. Palmer and J. Simpson},
  year={2005}
}
Whilst it is reasonably assumed that there extended from the Merovingian period a long tradition of oral poetry in France which embraced the lyric, hagiography, epic and drama, a tradition which drew on Indo-European traditions, more localised folklore, and historical events, it is certain that vernacular French literature (i.e. what has been set down in letters) owes its emergence entirely to the church. It is doubtful whether the romana lingua of the Strassburg Oaths (as sworn by Louis the… Expand
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