Taken from the Norman French text of Le Roman de Rou by Maîstre Wace an epic poetic history of the Norman dukes published by La Société Jersiaise, 2002.
“Everything tends to decay, everything falls away, all die, everything draws to an end, a tower crumbles, a wall falls, a rose withers, a horse stumbles, cloth wears thin, the man dies, iron rusts away, wood decays, everything made by the hand of man perishes…. unless it be set down in a book by a scholar or a poet.”
Wace says of himself ibid (in translation)
“ I say and will say that I am Wace from the Isle of Jersey, which is in the sea towards the west and belongs to the territory of Normandy”.....