AN INTRODUCTION TO OLD FRENCH
BY THE SAME AUTHOR
First Steps in French History, Literature, and Philology.
'Hommes de Lettres" Series of French Classics.
VOL. I. : VOLTAIKE'S SIIOKT PROSE TALES.
Old French Commentary and Phonetics.
The History and Literature of the Anglo-Norman Dialect.
Handbook of Romance Philology.
AN INTRODUCTION TO
F. F. ROGET
. ' LDI \TE OF GENEVA UNIVERSITY, LECTURER ON THE FRENCH
LANGUAGE AND LITllIî \ rri; r, AND OS KuMA.ME PHILOLOGY
IN THE UNIVERSITY OF ST. ANDREW,
WILLIAMS AND XOKGATE
14. HENRIETTA STREET, COVENT GARDEN, LONDON
20, SOUTH FREDERICK STREET, EDINBURGH
AND 7, BROAD OXFORD
First Printed 1886.
Reprinted from Xew Type 1894.
PREFACE TO FIRST EDITION
THIS book contains no independent research and little
scientific method. Suggested by some acquaintance with
the difficulties of students who begin to read Old French,
it has been written for the convenience of candidates for
the L.L.A.. title of St. Andrews University, and perchance
may be found useful by students working under the
Cambridge University scheme for a tripos in Médite val and
Professor Crombie, of St. Andrews, for his kind
encouragement, and Mr. G. Saintsbury, for a timely hint
regarding the scope of this work, have my thanks.
The excellent works of Bartsch (Chrestomathie de l'ancien
français) and of Clédat (Grammaire élémentaire de la vieille
langue française) have, more directly than any other sources,
afforded me guidance and help. Those books should be
resorted to by students who may have a taste for more
scholarship than can be offered in this Introduction to a
phase of language, in which the philologist and the literary
critic will find well-nigh inexhaustible material.
vi Old French
But for fear of being found inaccurate by the learned,
and yet abstruse by the learners, I should trust altogether
to the excellence of the subject for a recommendation to
the critics, whose judgment a book on Old French studies
In the selection of fragments of Old French texts, and
in the construction of the Glossary, I have attempted to
provide those studying French literature in the works of
G. Saintsbury, Staaff, and Vinet, with the means of
understanding the Old French extracts found in those Manuals.
F. F. R.
KinxBUEOH, 24(7» November 18S6.
PREFACE TO SECOND EDITION
SOME time ago, at our publisher's, Paterfamilias stepped
in. He wanted a book on Old French for his daughter.
This volume was handed to him, as the only one extant in
English. He looked at the Preface, and read : This book
contains no independent research and little scientific method.
He shook his head, and laid down the book. Such a
humble beginning would not do for his daughter.
Yet the sale of the first edition-not a small
was rapid, considering to what a limited circle it could
appeal. This second edition is as humble as the first.