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Layamon's Arthur: The Arthurian Section of Layamon's Brut (University of Exeter Press - Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies) Paperback – January 1, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0859896856 ISBN-10: 0859896854 Edition: 2nd

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W.R.J. Barron was Senior Research Fellow in the School of English, University of Exeter. He was President of the International Arthurian Society (British Branch) and Director of its Vinaver Trust. His books include Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Manchester, 1998) and Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages, Vol. II (series editor) (Wales, 1999). S.C. Weinberg is a senior lecturer in English Language and medieval English literature at the University of Manchester. Her other books include Poetry of John Gower: Selections (Carcanet, 1983).
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  • Series: University of Exeter Press - Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies (Book 2001)
  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Liverpool University Press; 2nd edition (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0859896854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0859896856
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,421,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lazar on April 26, 2009
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First of all, this is not a review of the poem (it's alright as far as Arthurian stories go); rather, it's a review of the edition. The biggest problem I had was a lack of a glossary in the back. For those who are unfamiliar with Middle English the original text becomes sort of an annoying visual aid or historical oddity as the translation dominates one's reading. I think it could have been made much better by original text side-glossed, with translations at the bottom of the page if needed. That would actually encourage people to learn Middle English as opposed to looking at it, thinking it looks pretty or quaint and then reading the translation.

I also think a side-by-side printing of both manuscripts would have been helpful as well. I believe TEAMS makes an edition like this with the entire Brut but I'm not sure.

Bottom line: pretty good edition, but it could be a bit better for both the serious student and the newcomer to Middle English.
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