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By Wace

ISBN-10: 0554263467

ISBN-13: 9780554263465

(Robert John) Wace (c. 1100 - c. 1174) was once an Anglo-Norman poet, who used to be born in Jersey and taken up in mainland Normandy. Roman de Brut (c. 1155) was once according to the Historia Regum Britanniae of Geoffrey of Monmouth. Its acceptance is defined by way of the hot accessibility to a much wider public of the Arthur legend in a vernacular language. Wace was once the 1st to say the legend of King Arthur's around desk and ascribe the identify Excalibur to Arthur's sword, even if he mostly provides in basic terms minor information to Geoffrey's textual content. The Roman de Brut grew to become the foundation, in flip, for Layamon's Brut, an alliterative heart English poem, and Piers Langtoft's Chronicle. His extant works contain: Roman de Rou (c. 1174) - a verse heritage of the Dukes of Normandy. different works, additionally in verse, comprise lives of Saint Margaret and Saint Nicholas.

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Right grievously the king lamented the damage done to his fair city. He founded anew the churches, and bade clerks and burgesses to attend the service of God, as was of wont and right. From thence the king went to Ambresbury, that he might kneel beside the graves of those who were foully slain at Hengist’s love-day, near the abbey. He called together a great company of masons, carpenters, and cunning artificers; for it was in his mind to raise to their worship a monument of stone that would endure to the world’s end.

On this first wife he had begotten three sons, these only. The first was named Vortimer, the second Passent, and the third Vortiger. Hated was this king by all the barons of his realm, and of all his neighbours. His very kindred held him in abhorrence. He came to an evil end, for he died in his shame, and the pagans he befriended with him. “Sire,” said Hengist to the king, “men hold thee in hatred by reason of me, and because of thy love they bear me malice also. I am thy father, and thou my son, since thou wert pleased to ask my daughter for thy wife.

The first was named Vortimer, the second Passent, and the third Vortiger. Hated was this king by all the barons of his realm, and of all his neighbours. His very kindred held him in abhorrence. He came to an evil end, for he died in his shame, and the pagans he befriended with him. “Sire,” said Hengist to the king, “men hold thee in hatred by reason of me, and because of thy love they bear me malice also. I am thy father, and thou my son, since thou wert pleased to ask my daughter for thy wife.

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