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Laȝamon: The Brut

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Author(s): Lucy Perry
The only known work of Laʒamon, priest at Areley (now Areley Kings, Worcestershire), is The Brut (possibly written 1199-1225). Its prologue provides all the biographical information we have on the writer. The portrait of a figure in the habit of a Benedictine monk that illuminates the capital A of the prologue in a manuscript ( c. 1275), now in the British Library, might represent the author or the scribe.The only other manuscript ( c. 1300) is also in the British Library. Laʒamon translated Wace's Roman de Brut (1155), a Norman-French version of Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Brit…