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Layamon - Bibliography

english brut england

Poet and priest, thought to have lived at Areley Kings, Worcestershire, WC England, UK. He wrote (c.1200) an alliterative verse chronicle, Brut, a mythical history of England from the landing of Brutus to the final Saxon victory in 689. His source was Wace's Brut d'Angleterre, and Brut was important in English versification as the first considerable poem written in Middle English. It is also notable for giving for the first time in English the story of Arthur, as well as those of Lear and Cymbeline.

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