Layamon's <I>Brut</I>: The Poem and its Sources - Arthurian Studies v. 19 (Hardback)Francoise H.M. Le Saux (author)
Hardback 252 Pages / Published: 12/10/1989
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A comprehensive and objective study of Layamon's sources is long overdue. As a first step Francoise le Saux investigates the English poet's handling of his main source, Wace's Roman de Brut, to determine what principles guided the composition of the English Brut. These established, she is able to distinguish between different sorts of variation from the Roman, thereby providing norms against which to gauge the probability of further, secondary sources. Additional sources are then identified, in the various fields suggested by the poem: historical; literary; and religious writings (or tales) in Welsh, English, Latin and French and perhaps even Scandinavian.
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Number of pages: 252
Weight: 542 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 19 mm
An important study that adds greatly to our understanding and appreciation of Layamon's Brut, and is essential reading for anyone planning work on the Brut... All should appreciate the care she has taken with her subject, her thorough coverage of previous scholarship, and the careful scrutiny under which she has placed it. ANGLIA `By far the fullest investigation of Layamon's sources ever undertaken..should become a standard reference not only for Layamon scholars but for all interested in English Arthurian origins.' THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT `Her particular virtue is to take the whole poem seriously on its own terms as a national epic of the dispossessed English. In so doing, she goes far to establish its structural coherence.' MEDIUM AEVUM 1991 LX. i. (1991) `entrancing subtle demonstration that he probably knew Welsh material partly in translation' P.J.C. Field REV ENGLISH STUDIES 42, 168; 11/91
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