Roman de Brut

Roman de Brut Review

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 kingship. 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 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.”

Title:Roman de Brut
Edition Language:English

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  • Rosa Rama

    "Usamos os animais dos camponeses,todos os dias,para trabalharem nas terras dos senhores e são tantas as queixas e conflitos,os impostos antigos e recentes,que nunca tem uma hora de paz." (adaptado)...

  • Nikki

    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...

  • Liam Guilar

    There's some confusion with the reviews here. There are various editions of Wace, some without translations, and some which contain only translations of the Arthurian material. One ubiquitous edition ...

  • Joseph F.

    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 kin...

  • James

    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 alread...

  • Benji Cossa

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

  • Cliff Davis

    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 t...

  • Seamaiden

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

  • sologdin

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

  • James M. Madsen, M.D.

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