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For the most part the geography of LaƷamon’s Brut is inherited and already in place in Wace’s Roman de Brut. Yet, examination of the few names newly introduced by LaƷamon may help us in our reading of his Brut. One episode is explored in detail: LaƷamon’s treatment of the brothers Ældad and Aldolf, in which LaƷamon has come under criticism for biblical inaccuracy in his handling of the story of Agag the Amalekite. Comparing parallel passages in Wace, the article argues that in this episode LaƷamon purposefully obtrudes the place-name Jerusalem, thereby tapping into resonances of the crusades.

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ROSAMUND ALLEN, JANE ROBERTS and CAROLE WEINBERG

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A Thesaurus of Old English, Volume 1

Introduction and Thesaurus. Second Revised Edition

Edited by Jane Roberts, Christian J. Kay and Lynne Grundy

A Thesaurus of Old English is conceptually arranged, and presents the vocabulary of Anglo-Saxon England within ordered categories. This allows the user to approach the materials of the Thesaurus by subject rather than through an alphabetic index as is the case for many thesauri. The provision of brief indications of meaning at all levels of this scheme allows word-senses to follow on from ideas explained, so that this thesaurus incorporates information about word meaning and could be described as an inside-out dictionary, with meanings first and then words.

In addition to providing hitherto unavailable information for linguists, historians of language, authors, students of English, and textual scholars, A Thesaurus of Old English is a rich resource for investigating social and cultural history, showing the development of concepts through the words that refer to them.

The Thesaurus can be consulted online at the University of Glasgow website.
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A Thesaurus of Old English, Volume 2

Index. Second Revised Edition

Edited by Jane Roberts, Christian J. Kay and Lynne Grundy

A Thesaurus of Old English is conceptually arranged, and presents the vocabulary of Anglo-Saxon England within ordered categories. This allows the user to approach the materials of the Thesaurus by subject rather than through an alphabetic index as is the case for many thesauri. The provision of brief indications of meaning at all levels of this scheme allows word-senses to follow on from ideas explained, so that this thesaurus incorporates information about word meaning and could be described as an inside-out dictionary, with meanings first and then words.

In addition to providing hitherto unavailable information for linguists, historians of language, authors, students of English, and textual scholars, A Thesaurus of Old English is a rich resource for investigating social and cultural history, showing the development of concepts through the words that refer to them.

The Thesaurus can be consulted online at the University of Glasgow website.
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A Thesaurus of Old English (2 Vols.)

Second Revised Edition

Edited by Jane Roberts, Christian J. Kay and Lynne Grundy

A Thesaurus of Old English is conceptually arranged, and presents the vocabulary of Anglo-Saxon England within ordered categories. This allows the user to approach the materials of the Thesaurus by subject rather than through an alphabetic index as is the case for many thesauri. The provision of brief indications of meaning at all levels of this scheme allows word-senses to follow on from ideas explained, so that this thesaurus incorporates information about word meaning and could be described as an inside-out dictionary, with meanings first and then words.

In addition to providing hitherto unavailable information for linguists, historians of language, authors, students of English, and textual scholars, A Thesaurus of Old English is a rich resource for investigating social and cultural history, showing the development of concepts through the words that refer to them.

The Thesaurus can be consulted online at the University of Glasgow website.
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Reading La3amon’s Brut

Approaches and Explorations

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Edited by Rosamund Allen, Jane Roberts and Carole Weinberg

For La3amon, or Lawman (both forms are used), a parish priest living on the Welsh March c.1200, the criteria of language, race and territory all provided ways of defining the nation state, which is why his Brut commands a diverse readership to-day. The range of view-points in this book reflects the breadth and complexity of La3amon’s own vision of the way his world is moulded by past conquests and racial tensions. The Brut is an open-ended narrative of Britain, its peoples, and its place-names as they changed under new rulers, and tells, for the first time in English, the rise and fall of Arthur, highlighting his role in the unfolding history of Britain. Beginning with its legendary founder, Brutus, the story is imagined anew, and although it concludes with an Anglo-Saxon kingdom, La3amon’s closing words remind us that changes will come: i-wurðe þet iwurðe: i-wurðe Godes wille. Amen.
This book offers detailed discussion and new perspectives. Its contributors explore aspects of behaviour and attitudes, personal and national identity and governance, language, metre, and the reception of La3amon’s Brut in later times. Comparisons are made with Latin writings and with French, Welsh, Spanish and Icelandic, placing La3amon firmly within a European network of readers and redactors.
The book will interest those working on medieval chronicles, as well as specialists in medieval law, custom, English language and literature, and comparative literature.