Roman du Mont-Saint-Michel


This manuscript contains a range of texts in the Norman dialect of French. The main item is a history of the abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel composed for pilgrims in the 12th century. The illustration of a burning church at the bottom of the page introduces a miracle about relics lost and then re-found following a fire at the abbey.

The beginning of the miracle emphasises the fact that it has been translated from the learned language of Latin ‘en roman’ (into the vernacular, the ‘native’ tongue), a term which came to denote the medieval genre of romance.

From the 12th century onwards, French became more prevalent as a written language and a rich body of literature quickly emerged.

Full title:
Li Romanz du Mont Saint-Michel, a miscellany of romances, moralistic and religious texts and medical recipes.
13th century, Normandy
Norman French
Guillaume de Saint Per
Usage terms
Public Domain in most countries, other than the UK
Held by
British Library
Add MS 10289, ff.45v-46

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