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by Layamon

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Layamon, or Lawman was a poet of the early 13th century, whose Brut (c. 1215) is a history of England in verse written in a form of Middle English. Layamon's poem is also remarkable for its abundant Anglo-Saxon vocabulary. Many scholars believe the language of the poem to be intentionally archaised, rather than indicative of the Middle English commonly written and spoken during Layamon's lifetime. Layamon describes himself in his poem as a priest, living at Areley Kings in Worcestershire.

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Text: English (translation)

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Brut is a history of Britain from its legendary founding by Brutus to the Saxon conquest and the final devastating loss of Britain's prestige and independence. Lawman translated from the twelfth century French of Wace, who in turn was translating from Geoffrey of Monmouth's Latin prose. The result is an enthralling blend of chronicle, romance, saint's life, and sermon.

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Rosamund Allen teaches at the University of London



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