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Latin in Medieval Britain$
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Richard Ashdowne and Carolinne White

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266083

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266083.001.0001

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The Start of the Anglo-Latin Tradition

The Start of the Anglo-Latin Tradition

(p.61) 2 The Start of the Anglo-Latin Tradition
Latin in Medieval Britain

David Howlett

British Academy

The chapter surveys the beginning of Insular Latinity, with Gildas the Anglo-Latin tradition in the context of earlier Cambro- and Hiberno-Latin traditions, the distinctive approach to Latin among Insular peoples who spoke non-Romance vernacular languages, drastic changes with the arrival of Francophones at the Norman Conquest, and the relations between these Latin traditions and the emergence of the earliest and richest vernacular literatures, in Welsh, Irish, English, Norse, and French.

Keywords:   Anglo-Latin, Cambro-Latin, Gildas, Hiberno-Latin, Insular Latin

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