#3996. ノルマン征服の英語史上の意義は強調されすぎ?[norman_conquest][history]


 「#2047. ノルマン征服の英語史上の意義」 ([2014-12-04-1]) やその他の記事 (norman_conquest) で,この1066年の著名な事件のもつ英語史へのインパクトを様々に紹介してきたが,Mengden (29--30) は事件の意義をややトーンダウンした形で伝えようとしている.意義は確かに大きいが,少し強調されすぎなのではないかというスタンスだ.耳を傾けてみよう.

The events of the year 1066 seem to have been the consequence of a series of steps by the Norman nobility to gain political influence in England --- a development always accompanied by support from an influential pro-Norman party in the Anglo-Saxon aristocracy. It is therefore feasible to assume that the intensity of French influence, although traceable, is not considerably greater in the years immediately following the Norman Conquest than it is before. From this perspective, the Norman Conquest stabilizes, but by no means ignites or reinforces, the growing intensity of Anglo-Norman relations. As such, William's victory at Hastings may be seen as one of several important events that pave the way for the enormous influence that French exerts on English in the 13th and 14th centuries. The beginnings of this development are clearly part of the history of Old English rather than of Middle English.

 やや冷めた目ではあるが,いくつかの事実を指摘しており,おもしろい見方だと思う.関連して「#2685. イングランドとノルマンディの関係はノルマン征服以前から」 ([2016-09-02-1]),「#302. 古英語のフランス借用語」 ([2010-02-23-1]) を参照.

 ・ Mengden, Ferdinand von. "Periods: Old English." Chapter 2 of English Historical Linguistics: An International Handbook. 2 vols. Ed. Alexander Bergs and Laurel J. Brinton. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2012. 19--32.

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