Anonymous, Anonymous Verse Bruts: Egerton Brut

Jean Blacker (Kenyon College)
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The

Brut 

text in British Library Egerton MS 3028 consists of 2914 lines (in octosyllabic rhymed couplets), but as Ian Short (2011, 145, n. 9) notes, the excision of the first 8 folios implies at least a further 2000 lines now lost (see also Dean and Boulton 1999, 33, no. 50). Though nonetheless an anonymous

Brut

, this 2914-line “epitome” 88% of whose lines are taken from Wace’s 14866-line

Roman de Brut

, was likely “assembled” with its 337 original lines in the early fourteenth century for the illuminated manuscript in which it is found; it is

sui generis

in that it is a form of abridgment of Wace’s

Brut

–– with often very different intent –– and not a “translation” of Geoffrey’s

Historia

(see notes 1 and 2). Egerton’s unusual composition is noteworthy on many…

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Citation: Blacker, Jean. "Anonymous Verse Bruts: Egerton Brut". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 April 2024 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=41555, accessed 30 May 2024.]

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