Anonymous, Anonymous Verse Bruts: Munich Brut

Jean Blacker (Kenyon College)
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The second-longest anonymous verse


, the Munich


(Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek C. Gall. 29; hereafter


), is the only Continental fragment other than the very short Bekker fragment (see note 1); in her edition, Patricia Grout (1980) has lengthy discussions of the language of the manuscript, including a chapter on the language of the author (118–34) as well as one on the language of the scribe (135–40), concluding that both the author’s and the scribe’s language shows Northern French or North-Eastern influence, concurring with Bell on his assessment of Picard-Walloon (Bell 1939, 327). As noted by Grout, the Munich


is a “substantial” fragment, 4180 lines corresponding to Geoffrey’s chapters 5–32, from the description of Britain to the point where…

714 words

Citation: Blacker, Jean. "Anonymous Verse Bruts: Munich Brut". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 April 2024 [, accessed 30 May 2024.]

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