Art. 24, Chaunter m’estoit

ART. 24, CHAUNTER M’ESTOIT: EXPLANATORY NOTES


ABBREVIATIONS: AND: Anglo-Norman Dictionary; ANL: Anglo-Norman Literature: A Guide to Texts and Manuscripts (R. Dean and Boulton); BL: British Library (London); Bodl.: Bodleian Library (Oxford); CCC: Corpus Christi College (Cambridge); CUL: Cambridge University Library (Cambridge); IMEV: The Index of Middle English Verse (Brown and Robbins); IMEV Suppl.: Supplement to the Index of Middle English Verse (Robbins and Cutler); MED: Middle English Dictionary; MWME: A Manual of the Writings in Middle English, 1050–1500 (Severs et al.); NIMEV: A New Index of Middle English Verse (Boffey and Edwards); NLS: National Library of Scotland (Edinburgh).

7–8 Aspin believes that these lines refer to the pacification achieved later, at the Parliament of Marlborough in November 1267 (p. 26). She uses these lines to date the poem’s composition in 1267–68. But see also Shields, pp. 205–06, who dates the poem within mere weeks or months of the battle.

16 Ly quens Mountfort. Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester, eulogized here and named also in A Song of Lewes (art. 23), line 41.

20 un mardi. The Battle of Evesham was fought on Tuesday, August 4, 1265.

24 Welsh infantry were present, but they fled (Aspin, p. 34).

29 Sire Edward. Lord Edward, Henry III’s son (and the future Edward I). He led the royalist forces at Evesham. Compare A Song of Lewes (art. 23), line 57, and explanatory note.

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