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Published: 01 January 2001

362 Pages

9 1/10 X 6 inches

ISBN: 9780859896856

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Layamon's Arthur

The Arthurian Section of Layamon's Brut

W.R.J Barron and S. C. Weinberg

Liverpool University Press

Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies LUP

Layamon's Brut is a landmark in English literature, the first major work in English after the Norman Conquest, and the precursor of a rich Arthurian literature, from Malory to Tennyson and on to our own time. This edition combines a fully-edited version of the original text with a close parallel prose translation, together with a lengthy Introduction, textual notes and a full and up-to-date bibliography.Written c.1200-1220, the Brut develops the themes of its principal source, Robert Wace's Roman de Brut, itself a version of Geoffrey of Monmouth's bestseller, the Historia Regum Britanniae, in a metre and idiom reminiscent of Old English. It demonstrates the fundamental strength of a native culture which survived two centuries of French dominance to re-emerge as a fusion of a national tradition and continental influences.


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