Accessibility statement

Old French - ENG00062M

« Back to module search

  • Department: English and Related Literature
  • Module co-ordinator: Information currently unavailable
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2021-22 to Spring Term 2021-22

Module aims

The long career of French as a prestige vernacular makes it a strong presence in most European medieval literary cultures, and Old French is of special importance to the study of medieval Britain and Ireland. From the early twelfth to the fifteenth centuries it was a major language for both literary and documentary texts inthe British Isles. This module uses a textbook offering standardized linguistic information and paradigms, but working with and specifically commenting on texts in many dialects, including Anglo-Norman. This module will equip students to begin work on almost any Old French text.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of the two-module course students should:

  • have the confidence and capacity to enjoy medieval French texts in the original language.
  • understand the basic medieval history of the French language, including dialects and major linguistic changes.
  • be able to translate Old and Middle French texts for their MA research.


Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam
Old French
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam
Old French
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback supplied weekly in class and exam results given within 20 working days.

Indicative reading

E. Einhorn, Old French: A Concise Handbook (Cambridge, 1974, reprs to 1999 and beyond).

Recommended Preliminary Reading:

  • The on-line Anglo-Norman Dictionary has a good overview of the French of England by William Rothwell. You can google to this excellent, free dictionary, or go to the Anglo-Norman hub at
  • T. Fenster, French Language, An Encyclopaedia of Medieval France, ed. W. W. Kibler (New York, 1995), pp. 370-74.
  • R. Anthony Lodge, French: From Dialect to Standard (London and New York, 1993).

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.