Talk:sui anglois

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What would English have referred to in Anglo-Norman society? Would it be the 'old' English, or would it be Anglo-Norman in general? —CodeCat 11:55, 17 April 2011 (UTC)

Anglois definitely means English relating to the English people, born in England, mainly English (so Middle English) speaking, while françois, franceis (etc.) would refer to being from France or more generally French-speaking, born to French parents. I think the idea of 'Anglo-Norman' only appeared much later, perhaps after Anglo-Norman had died out in all but legal circles in England - at the time, they considered themselves French, or perhaps Norman. This link may help, though if you're not in the UK I don't know what proportion of it you can view. Mglovesfun (talk) 12:01, 17 April 2011 (UTC)
So if I understand it, anglois would have referred to the inhabitants of England as they were before the Norman invasion? That might be useful to mention... —CodeCat 12:12, 17 April 2011 (UTC)