The Song of Dermot and the Earl
|Written||early 13th century|
|First published in||1892|
|Subject(s)||Norman invasion of Ireland|
|Genre(s)||chanson de geste|
|Rhyme scheme||aa bb cc ...|
The Song of Dermot and the Earl (French: Chanson de Dermot et du comte) is an anonymous Norman verse chronicle written in the early 13th century. It tells of the arrival of Strongbow in Ireland in 1170 (the "earl" in the title), and of the subsequent arrival of Henry II of England.
The chronicle survives only in a single manuscript which was re-discovered in the 17th century, London, Lambeth Palace, MS Carew 596. The work bears no title in the manuscript, but has been commonly referred to as The Song of Dermot and the Earl since G.H. Orpen in 1892 published a diplomatic edition under this title. It has also been known as The Conquest of Ireland and The Conquest of Ireland by Henry II; in the most recent edition it was called La Geste des Engleis en Yrlande ("The Deeds of the English in Ireland") and The Deeds of the Normans in Ireland.
Lines from The Song of (King) Dermot and the Earl (Strongbow)
This section of the poem has been translated from the Norman-French by G.H.C. Orpen (Trinity College, Dublin) from the Carew 596 manuscript and covers lines 3129 - 3161 (ref Skryne and the Early Normans by Elizabeth Hickey.1994. p. 31).
|De Huge de Laci vus conterai,
Cum il feffa ses baruns,
|"Of Hugh de Lacy I shall tell you
How he enfeoffed his barons,
- Anglo-Norman literature
- Norman Ireland
- Diarmait Mac Murchada (Dermot)
- Kingdom of Ossory
Editions and translations
- Mullally, Evelyn, ed. and tr. (2002). The Deeds of the Normans in Ireland: La geste des Engleis en yrlande: a new edition of the chronicle formerly known as The Song of Dermot and the Earl. Dublin: Four Courts. ISBN 1-85182-643-2.
- Conlon, Denis J., ed. and tr. (1992). The Song of Dermot and Earl Richard Fitzgilbert: Le chansun de Dermot e li quens Ricard fiz Gilbert. Studien und Dokumente zür Geschichte der romanischen Literaturen, herausgegeben von Hans-Joachim Lope 24. Frankfurt/Main: Peter Lang.
- Orpen, G.H., ed. and tr. (1892). The Song of Dermot and the Earl: an Old French Poem from the Carew Manuscript no. 596 in the Archiepiscopal Library at Lambeth Palace. Oxford. Diplomatic edition
- Michel, Francisque, ed. (1837). The Conquest of Ireland. London: Pickering.
- O'Doherty, J.F. "Historical criticism of the Song of Dermot and the Earl". Irish Historical Studies. 1: 4–20.