Arthurian Chronicles: Roman de Brut by Wace

By Wace

(Robert John) Wace (c. 1100 - c. 1174) was once an Anglo-Norman poet, who was once born in Jersey and taken up in mainland Normandy. Roman de Brut (c. 1155) used to be according to the Historia Regum Britanniae of Geoffrey of Monmouth. Its recognition is defined by way of the hot accessibility to a much broader 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 traditionally provides simply 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 historical past of the Dukes of Normandy. different works, additionally in verse, contain lives of Saint Margaret and Saint Nicholas.

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They passed to and fro about the realm, and entered into divers countries, inquiring of all people, at the king’s bidding, where he might be hid. But for all their labour and diligence they learned nothing. 2 A great company of youths and children was gathered before the gate at the entrance to the city, and the messengers stayed awhile to mark their play. Amongst those who disported themselves at this gate were two varlets, named Merlin and Dinabus. Presently the two youths began to chide and jangle, and were passing wroth the one with the other.

The king rode to Ambresbury to Keep the Feast of Pentecost. Bishops, abbots, and barons, he had bidden them all to observe the Feast. A great company of folk, both rich and poor, gathered themselves together, and at this fair festival the king set the crown upon his head. Three days they observed the rite, and made merry. On the fourth—because of his exceeding reverence— he gave pastoral crosses to two prelates. Holy Dubricius became Bishop of Caerleon, and York he bestowed upon holy Sampson. Both these fair prelates were great churchmen, and priests of devout and spotless life.

Britain is a great realm, long and wide, and in many a place is inhabited of none, save the beast. Grant them enough thereof that they may dig and plant, and live of the increase. But take first of them such hostages, that they will serve thee loyally, and loyally content them in their lot. We learn from Holy Writ that the children of Gibeon sought life and league from the Jew when the Israelites held them in their power. Peace they prayed, peace they received; and life and covenant were given in answer to their cry.

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