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Robert Wace
(Jersey, Normandy, c. 1115 – Bayeux, France, c. 1183)

Robert WaceRobert Wace was an Anglo-Norman poet, who created the legend of King Arthur's Round Table. He was the central figure in the post-Conquest English 'Renaissance', but was forgotten after his death. He was rediscovered in 18th century when a refugee from the French Revolution brought a copy of his work in Britain. Since that time historians have explored his verse history of Britain “Roman de Brut” as a most detailed source for the period, as Wace named more than a hundred of the Conqueror's warriors. Although his “Roman de Brut,” a long, rhymed chronicle of British history, is based on the “Historia” of Geoffrey of Monmouth, many scholars dispute the historical value of the poem. However, its personal, dynamic, and dramatic style inspired Layamon to write the adaptation of Brutus. These two works were essential to the development of King Arthur’s legend. Wace’s second great work, “Roman de Rou” is a chronicle of the dukes of Normandy which contains a famous description of the battle of Hastings. He wrote in Anglo-Norman, a dialect of Old French

Major  works:

Geste des Bretons  or Roman de Brut - a verse history of Britain, c. 1155
Geste des Normanz  or Roman de Rou - a verse history of the Dukes of Normandy
The Life of Saint Margaret
The Life of Saint Nicholas

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