DNL: Partie 2

DNL: Partie 2

Published on 18 May 2021
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Transcript
00:01
The letter translated ( The original was written in Old French)
00:01
Adrressed to his half sister to denouncing the abandonment of his allies and his own family
00:11
No prisoner will ever speak his mind fittingly unless he speaks in grief. But he can, for consolation, make a song. I have many friends, but their gifts are poor. It will be their shame if, for want of ransom, I stay these two winters. They know well, my men and my barons of England, Normandy, Poitou, and Gascony, I never had a poor companion I would leave in prison for money.
00:36
I do not say this as a reproach, but I am still a prisoner. Now I know for sure, a dead man or a prisoner has no friend or family, because they leave me here for gold and silver. That’s my concern, but even more my people’s, for when I am dead they will be shamed, if I die [remain long] a prisoner. It is no wonder I have a grieving heart, for my lord keeps my land in torment.
00:57
Now if he remembered our vow that we both took together, I know I would not long be here a prisoner. They know well, the men of Anjou and Touraine, those bachelors, now so magnificent [rich] and safe, that I am arrested, far from them, in another’s hands. They used to love me much, now they love me not at all. There’s no lordly fighting now on the barren plains, because I am a prisoner.
01:21
Tell my companions whom I loved and love -- the men of Caen and Perche -- Song, tell them they are not men to rely on; the heart I had for them was never false or faltering. If they turn against me now, they act like peasants, as long as I remain a prisoner. Countess, sister, may your sovereign worth be watched and defended by Him I appeal to, for whose sake I am a prisoner. I do not speak about the one in Chartres, Louis’s mother.