An edition of the Histoire des ducs de Normandie et rois d'Angleterre contained in French MS. 56 of the John Rylands Library, Manchester University
This thesis (395 pp.) is an edition of a XIVth century transcription of a chronicle in French prose compiled in the early part of the XIIIth century. This compilation is a résumé of all or part of at least five Latin chronicles which recount the history of the dukes of Normandy and kings of England, starting with their mythical origins in Troy and finishing in 1217 with the end of civil strife and foreign intervention in England during the first year of Henry III's minority, and the departure of the Fifth Crusade from all Christendom. The edition comprises an introduction dealing with the general subject area, manuscript classification, authorship, place and time of creating manuscripts and printed editions consulted, description of the base manuscript, language notes, establishment of the text, and ending with a detailed synopsis in English. This introduction contains pp.i-lxxix. There follows the edited base text (pp. 1-108) and critical apparatus (pp. 109-316): variants, rejected readings and emendations, scribal emendations, notes, bibliography, index of proper names, and glossary.