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Master of Arts (MA)




This thesis consists of three main parts, a grammar of the language of The History of the Kings of Britain from the Fall of Troy to the Death of Gogmagog, and edition of The History, and a glossary to the vocabulary of the edition.

In the grammar the major points of accidence and syntax are taken up--verb classification and conjugation; declination of nouns and pronouns, and of adjectives; formation of adverbs; clause construction--and discussed synchronically and diachronically.

The edition is of fols. 8r col. 2-13v col. 1 of MS. Arundel XXII in the College of Arms, London, a prose version of Book I of Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae, written in the middle of the fourteenth century. The edition presents a typescript of the MS. with abrivations expanded and errors emendei.

The glossary contains the vocabulary of the edition with modern synonyms.