Talk:Old Norman

Latest comment: 14 years ago by Albert Krantz in topic Discussion

Discussion edit

“Old Norman was the principal administrative language of the Principality of Antioch…” : This assertion is questionable. The Principality of Antioch was created by Bohemond de Hauteville, a Norman, but was not a Norman principality. The population of Antioch was composed of Greeks, Armenians and indigenous people. The principal administrative language of the Principality was probably Latin (and/or Greek). -- G. Calabria (talk) 15:25, 21 May 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I removed this concoction from the article. It is really hard to beleave Old Norman could be an administrative language. I found the cited book, and it doesn't contain this statement. On the page 67 of Crusades: The Illustrated History edited by Thomas F. Madden we read:

„French was the dominant tongue in the kingdom of Jerusalem, with Latin used for legal and ecclesiastical purposes. The county of Tripoli used Provençal and the Norman dialect was important in the principality Antioch.“

And it is all. The word important doesn't mean principal (as in the earlier variant) or administrative. — Albert Krantz ¿? 13:32, 15 July 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]