Wace's Roman de Brut: A History of the British - Text and Translation

Wace's Roman de Brut: A History of the British - Text and Translation

by Judith Weiss
     
 

Wace's "Brut" is an 1155 French verse rendering of Geoffrey of Monmouth's earlier Latin "history" of Britain, from the time of Brutus, the eponymous founder, to the 7th century. Wace uses Geoffrey's stories, such as those of King Lear and King Arthur, with a lively inventiveness and originality, drawing on oral sources and his own knowledge of

Overview

Wace's "Brut" is an 1155 French verse rendering of Geoffrey of Monmouth's earlier Latin "history" of Britain, from the time of Brutus, the eponymous founder, to the 7th century. Wace uses Geoffrey's stories, such as those of King Lear and King Arthur, with a lively inventiveness and originality, drawing on oral sources and his own knowledge of parts of Britain, imaginatively re-interpreting the material. This is the first complete English translation and is presented in parallel with the French text, enabling those who wish to have access to the original to do so easily. This new reprint has been revised by Judith Weiss, taking account of comments in reviews, and includes a full introduction, footnotes and bibliography.

Editorial Reviews

Speculum
Judith Weiss makes the complete Roman de Brut available in English translation for the first time . . . This book could be successfully assigned in classes for which French proficiency is not assumed, and Weiss's introduction and bibliography will be helpful to readers encountering the poem for the first time.
Notes and Queries
The academic community has long been in need of a good translation of the entirety of Wace's Roman de Brut . . . Thanks to Judith Weiss the text is now fully accessible to comparatists, undergraduates, and the interested layman . . . Weiss's new text and translation will prove invaluable as a teaching text (Exeter University Press's pricing policy means that this volume is just about affordable for students), and as control reference to Arnold; but more important still perhaps, it makes a great piece of literature available to the wider public in an enjoyable, readable form.
Arthuriana
Judith Weiss has performed a monumental feat. . . the extensive and authoritative introduction, the discussion of the manuscripts, the newly-edited text and consistently-reliable translation, the user-friendly running heads, and the abundant annotations, this volume deserves the attention of medievalists interested in the literary, intellectual, and social history of mid-12th century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780859897341
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Series:
UEP - Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Judith Weiss is Fellow and College Lecturer at Robinson College, Cambridge. Her publications include The Birth of Romance (Everyman, 1992) and The Life of King Arthur (Everyman, 1997).

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