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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Helbert, Daniel Glynn
Author's Email Address danielh1@vt.edu
URN etd-04222011-182828
Title Layamon's Brut and the March of Wales: Merlin, his Prophecies, and the Lex Marchia
Degree Master of Arts
Department English
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Mosser, Daniel W. Committee Chair
Eska, Charlene M. Committee Member
Tiller, Kenneth J. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Prophecy
  • British History
  • Laȝamon
  • Merlin
  • Norman Conquest
  • “March of Wales”
  • March Law
  • Middle Ages
  • Lex Marchia
  • cultural unification
  • Middle Welsh
  • medieval historiography
  • Layamon
  • Lazamon
  • Lawman
  • Middle English
  • revolution
Date of Defense 2011-04-08
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
This study explores Layamon's engenderment of cultural unification for the explicit purposes of an Anglo-Welsh cultural resistance to the Norman overlords in the March of Wales. In essence, I examine some of the most important cultural signifiers in medieval English and Welsh culture and the methods by which the poet adapts and grafts them together to form a culturally amalgamated text—neither explicitly English nor Welsh but yet simultaneously both - and the political implications of this amalgamation. Though Laymon's methodology emanates from multiple aspects of the text, I have concentrated here on what I feel are the most explicit manifestations of this theme: Merlin, his prophecies, and the Law of the March.
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