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Arthurian Chronicles: Roman de Brut

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Author: Wace
Published: c 1155
Language: English
Wordcount: 60,676 / 172 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 71.5
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 5,917
mnybks.net#: 7865
Genres: Myth, History, Poetry

Translated By Eugene Mason

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ned words falling from their lips in terse phrases such as he never found in the lines of Wace. Uther Pendragon, in a deadly battle against the Irish invaders under Gillomar and Pascent, slays Gillomar, then overtakes Pascent:--

"And said these words Uther the Good: 'Pascent, thou shalt abide; here cometh Uther riding!' He smote him upon the head, so that he fell down, and the sword put in his mouth--such meat to him was strange--so that the point of the sword went in the earth. Then said Uther, 'Pascent, lie now there; now thou hast Britain all won to thy hand! So is now hap to thee; therein thou art dead; dwell ye shall here, thou, and Gillomar thy companion, and possess well Britain! For now I deliver it to you in hand, so that ye may presently dwell with us here; ye need not ever dread who you shall feed.'" [14]

Arthur leads his men close to the hosts of Colgrim, the leader of the Saxon invaders:--

"Thus said Arthur, noblest of kings: 'See ye, my Britons, here beside us, our full foes

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