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Long matter these marched so far and wrought such deeds that in the end they altogether discomfited those evil men who had done such sore mischief to the land After these things they held a great council at Cirencester commanding thereto all the lords and barons of the realm In that place they chose Constantine as their king”. I enjoyed both of these accounts of the Arthurian saga particularly that of Layamon The translator has skillfully incorporated just enough of the archaic language and Saxon sentence structure of the latter to make the book a challenging but pleasurable reading experience

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Arthurian Chronicles Roman De Brut

Hip The host set forth towards London and sent messages in every part bidding the Britons to their aid for as yet they were too fearful to come from their secret places When the Britons heard these tidings they drew thick as rain from the woodlands and the mountain and came before the host in troops and companies To make short a. This book combines both versions of the Brut one by the Norman poet Wace and the other by the English Layamon The translation is by Mason I actually read these as two separate downloads for my kindle But in print they seem to have once been togetherThe two stories are remarkably similar the difference is in the style of writing The Layamon is far archaic sounding with such words as hight wight huster and mickle which means much from its context in the sentenceI think I like the Wace version a bit So if you finish that one first and had enough for now the Layamon version can wait But that s just my opinionThe story begins with Constantine of Britain and the traitor Vortigern who disenfranchises his fellow Britains by inviting the Saxons over This is something one must not do for the Germans are seen as untrustworthy and heathenish and Vortigern himself has to flee their treachery when they start taking over Britain Merlin enters the picture and foretells the death of Vortigern He is eventually burned in his castle by the rightful king Aurelius who is then poisoned at a young age Uther then takes over He begets Arthur with the help of Merlin by sleeping with another man s wife After a time of peace Uther is poisoned and Arthur becomes king He destroys the remaining German contingent in Britain and then successfully conuers most of Northern Europe He then pisses off the Romans by conuering France and a great war ensues He is successful at first but spoiler alert when he is on the verge of marching into Rome his plans are foiled by his treacherous nephew MordredThis is a great addition for anyone interested in early Arthurian literature the stuff before the popular Le Morte D Arthur by Mallory Idylls of the King by Tennyson and The Once and Future King by White It tells a shorter story from beginning to end Be that as it may some may be disappointed at the lack of familiar motifs that have not developed yet Here you will not find Morgan Le Fay the Lady of the Lake Lancelot Tristan and Isolde or the grail story featuring Perceval Bors and Galahad But this story is also interesting in that it closely resembles what really might have happened in history that is Arthur being a Britain who was trying to keep out the English speaking Saxons The British are never called English It is only in the later literature that Arthur and Britain is seen as EnglandThe story is epic in feel with tons of war and bloodshed It feels a bit less like a romance with a knight going on an enchanted uest which also came later thanks to the efforts of Chretien de Troys

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Wace 1115 – 1183 was an Anglo Norman poet The introduction to this work by Eugene Mason gives an excellent account of Wace and the background behind this historical work Wace begins his history of the Britons as follows “Constantine came to Totnes and many a stout knight with him there was not one but was worthy of the kings. Wace s Roman de Brut is basically a translation of Geoffrey of Monmouth s Historia into a vernacular language though only of the parts concerning Arthur and the bit immediately preceding it setting the stage as it were He does make some key additions though being the first to include the Round Table and I think he was also the first to name Excalibur His account also influenced Layamon s which I hope to read soonI m not entirely sure who translated my edition which is irritating It was uite an old one and full of archaic language some of which I had to look up which is unusual for me Pretty dryLike the Historia it s pseudo history a chronicle not yet a romance Arthur is an active king unlike in many of the romances There s not much individual characterisation though


10 thoughts on “Arthurian Chronicles Roman De Brut

  1. says:

    Wace's Roman de Brut is basically a translation of Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia into a vernacular language though only of the parts concerning Arthur and the bit immediately preceding it setting the stage as it were He does make some key additions though being the first to include the Round Table and I think he was a

  2. says:

    Wace's Roman de Brut is 'a romanticized paraphrase of Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia' as the Britannica aptly describes it It's not as entertaining to read after just finishing Monmouth’s Historia since on the whole i

  3. says:

    There's some confusion with the reviews here There are various editions of Wace some without translations and some which contain only translat

  4. says:

    This book combines both versions of the Brut one by the Norman poet Wace and the other by the English Layamon The translation is by Mason I actually read these as two separate downloads for my kindle But in prin

  5. says:

    Wace's Roman de Brut is one of the oldest surviving histories of the time of King Arthur Written around 1100 AD the original author opens his tale by saying that the history of this time is already an ambiguous mix of fact

  6. says:

    Wace's is the only book I could find that went back and told Arthur's lineage from the coming of Constantine to BritainThere is so much cool stuff in here They say it's the first elaborate story of Arthur Geoffrey of Monmouth being th

  7. says:

    I enjoyed both of these accounts of the Arthurian saga particularly that of Layamon The translator has skillful

  8. says:

    Layamon's long text is one of the earliest compilations of Arthurian stories and predates even Le Morte d'Arthur

  9. says:

    malory's 'Frynsshe Booke' and therefore to be read even if it doesn't merit the attention on its own

  10. says:

    A full chronicle from long before Arthur's birth to his death Too many names too many battles However it was easy to read

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