Work is progressing on a new translation from the Anglo-Saxon of Layamon's 'Brut', or 'The Chronicle of Britain'. Layamon used both Geoffrey of Monmouth's writings and Wace's rhymed Old French version of the latter as source texts, to provide a revised pseudo-history of the British, though written in the language of the Anglo-Saxon rulers of his England. The work is notable for its extended development of Arthurian material, presenting Arthur as a historical figure resisting the Anglo-Saxon incursions, while the text also contains elements of fantasy and legend. We anticipate publishing the complete translation in early 2024.
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