xxxxxIt was in 1205 that Layamon, a priest in Worcestershire, England, wrote his poem Brut, one of the earliest English poems of any length, and marking a revival of native literature since the Norman Conquest. A romance-
xxxxxLayamon was a priest at Ernley (now Areley Kings) in Worcestershire. He wrote the poem Brut in about 1205. It is a romance-
xxxxxLayamon (the name means “law man”) based the poem on the French translation by Robert Wace of the Latin chronicle by Geoffrey of Monmouth entitled Historia Regum Britanniae, completed about the year 1139. Geoffrey introduced the Arthurian legend into European literature, but Layamon's poem does include some original material, notably the founding of the Round Table (illustrated) and additional information on the characters Lear, Merlin and Cymbeline. The British Museum in London holds two manuscript copies of the poem.
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