Excerpt from The Temple Primers: Medieval French Literature It is t our intention to offer in this little book what might be called a history of French Literature in the Middle Ages, r will we attempt a more or less complete enumeration of the poets and writers and of the numerous anymous works of old France. We shall endeavour, above all, to bring out the really significant features of the intellectual and artistic production of the French Middle Ages, in so far as it is written in the vulgar tongue. We will choose in this production whatever may be regarded as the expression of national genius, as an expression of an epoch and a medium, and all that has exercised influence upon the literary development of other nations. This body of literature will be considered principally from the point of view of its social aspect and its historical value. This very word literature calls for a preliminary remark. To be accurate it applies only in an incomplete sense to our subject. It implies the idea of letters, of writing, and a considerable portion of the works we are about to study was t originally produced in a written form. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.