Robert of Brunne
that is, of Bourne, in Lincolnshire. His name was Robert
Manning, author of an old English Chronicle, written in the
reign of Edward III. It consists of two parts, the first of which is in
octosyllabic rhymes, and is a translation of Wace's Brut; the
second part is in Alexandrine verse, and is a translation of the French
chronicle of Piers de Langtoft, of Yorkshire.
Of Brunne I am, if any me blame,
Robert Mannying is my name ...
In the thrid Edwardes tynie was I
When I wrote alle this story.
Preface to Chronicle.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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